It's bittersweet really; the 2010 NFL regular season has come to an end. Football fans across America are preparing for the playoff run and the hunt for Super Bowl 45. Whether your team is already focusing on the 2011 draft or you have a horse in the race, as Bears' fans do, it's sure to make for an exciting run at crowning a champion.
With the Wild Card round of the playoff picture set, Bears' fans are wondering, "Who's next for the Mosters of the Midway?" The Chicago Bears, having locked up the No. 2 seed in the NFC, do receive a first round bye but will have to play the highest-seeded team that comes out of the Wild Card round. Having also won their division, the Bears will host that team at Soldier Field on Sunday, January 16, at noon.
The NFC Wild Card round will be as follows: Seattle will host New Orleans on Saturday, January 8, 3:30 PM CT. Likewise, Philadelphia will host Green Bay on Sunday, January 9, 3:30 PM CT. The only team the Bears cannot play in that second round would be the Green Bay Packers. The order of seeding among the remaining teams would be: Eagles, Seahawks and Saints.
Many believe the Saints will have no trouble beating the Seahawks, a below .500 team, on the road in Qwest Field. On the other hand, the Packers seem to be the favorite over the Eagles. Given that scenario, the Bears would end up playing the Saints. Should the Eagles beat Green Bay however, the Bears would host the Eagles no matter what the outcome is in Seattle. Should the Seahawks upset the Saints and the Packers beat the Eagles, the Bears would host the Seahawks in Soldier Field.
Either way, the Bears will have the luxury of watching their next opponent play this week as they rest-up for round two. Brace yourselves Bears fans; your team is either 1 loss away from a long vacation or two wins away from going back to the Super Bowl...