NFL Analyst Explains Why Chicago Bears MUST Defeat Packers in Soldier Field

Published 01/01/2021, 11:40 AM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Chicago Bears running back Artavis Pierce (46) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


The Chicago Bears have a crucial, season-defining game in Week 17 of the NFL season. The Bears take on the Packers at Soldier Field in a game that could cement their position in the Playoffs.

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It could also give them the momentum they need in order to do well. The Packers-Bears rivalry is one of the most storied in the NFL.

NFL Analyst Peter Schrager spoke on Good Morning Football about the importance of the game for the Chicago Bears. He noted the previous encounters between the two teams.

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In fact, Schrager first started with their iconic 2010 NFC championship game in Soldier Field and reminded Bears fans what happened in that game.

Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Joe Schobert (47) strips the ball from Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

He said, “The Bears need a pep talk right now because they’re playing great football, but it could all go up in flames if they lose yet again to the Green Bay Packers…

“BJ Raji put the game on ice in our building in the NFC championship game. A win away from a Super Bowl, BJ Raji and Aaron Rodgers as a 6th seed go into Chicago and beat Caleb Hanie, replacing Jay Cutler.”

Schrager further reminded the watching Bears fans about the 2013 encounter between the Packers and the Bears. This game had the division on the line, and the Packers eked out the victory from under the Bears’ noses yet again.

Chicago Bears- All on the line against the Packers

He added, “3 years later, Week 17, NFC North division on the line, Rodgers in Chicago avoids a sack and has one of his clutchest passes ever to Randall Cobb for the touchdown to put the division on ice, send the Packers to a division title and send them to the Playoffs.

Schrager warned the Bears and told them what must be done. “This is your building, Chicago. Don’t rely on looking at a scoreboard. Don’t rely on the Rams to get the job done against Kyler Murray in some late game.” 

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He further reminded them, “Go take care of your business. And do it against this team. It is not just enough to beat the packers. It is beating the Packers in Soldier Field, in front of your building employees, and beating the Packers and affecting their season.

“A win against the Packers, that can send the Saints to the number one seed. A win against the Packers can make Aaron Rodgers uncomfortable for the rest of January, and it does everything for the Bears. Go take care of your business in your building in Week 17.”

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The Bears game against the Packers is an interesting ordeal. Both teams come in with high expectations and a lot on the line. But only one team can win, and it remains to be seen which team will get the victory in this match up.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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