Although the Bears went into Sunday’s regular season finale with a #2 seed in the NFC playoffs locked up, fans weren’t quite sure what to expect from their team this postseason. Lovie Smith did them a big favor by leading Chicago to a 10-3 loss in Green Bay, allowing the hated Packers to secure a Wild Card spot.
“At the end of the day, we’re the NFC North champs with a record of 11 and 5,” said Smith. “That record can mean a lot of things and I wanted our fans to know exactly what to expect from us in the playoffs.”
With the high-powered Saints playing the sub-.500 Seahawks in the first round, the Bears already know their most likely second-round opponent, which Smith believes will further help fans adjust their expectations.
“Our defense did a respectable job against Green Bay’s offense,” said Smith. “But the New Orleans Saints have a better offense than Green Bay. That’s encouraging to me because our fans should know exactly what to expect from us at Soldier Field Sunday the 16th.”
By Brad Zibung