CHICAGO – The winner of Sunday’s divisional playoff game between the Seahawks and Bears at Soldier Field will host the NFC Championship game next Sunday.
That part of the postseason equation was settled tonight when the No. 6-seeded Green Bay Packers slapped a 48-21 loss on the top-seeded Falcons in Atlanta — the most points ever scored by the Packers in a playoff game. The Bears are the No. 2 seed because they won the NFC North with an 11-5 record, while the Seahawks are the No. 4 seed because they won the NFC West – even if it was with a 7-9 record.
The Seahawks hosted the 2005 NFC Championship game, when they were the top seed, and defeated the Carolina Panthers to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.
But first things first …
The Seahawks either have to pull off a third upset in as many weeks, or the favored Bears need to win on their home field against the Seahawks – something they did not do in the team’s Week 6 game at Qwest Field.
The latest forecast for the game is calling for a temperature of 18 degrees at kickoff – noon locally, 10 a.m. Seattle time – with a wind chill of 10 degrees.
In the first six games of the 2010 postseason only two home teams have posted victories – the Seahawks, last week against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints; and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit today to beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-24.
In Sunday’s other game, the New England Patriots, the top seed in the AFC, host the New York Jets.