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The Sportress’ Wild & Wacky NFL Conference Championship Weekend Preview

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This is the end, my only friend, the end. That’s right. The last weekend of NFL action with more than one game. Sure, we will have the Super Bowl to enjoy after the Conference Championship games wrap up Sunday evening, and while I am sure it will be an entertaining game, watching it nevertheless can often feel somewhat anticlimactic with the awareness that after kickoff, we are a mere hours away from an long, cold and football-less offseason. Sad.

But let us contemplate the death throes of another NFL season another time and celebrate this Sunday, because even though we know the end is quickly coming, we can still enjoy the magic that remains.

While the AFC Championship is sure to be a humdinger of hootenanny of a football game, as a Vikings fan, my allegiances to the team’s divisional rivals steer my interests much more toward the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears tilt, I have chosen to focus on that particular matchup for this weekend’s preview.

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Soldier Field
3:00 p.m. ET (FOX)

Yes, I will admit that seeing these two rivals play for a Super Bowl berth somewhat pains me, but in another way, a Vikings fan such as myself can take solace in the fact that a representative from the NFC North will represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLV. Further, perhaps Vikings fans can attribute the epic fail of a season the team had to having two such strong teams within the division…so we got that going for us. Which is nice.

As far as the game, fans have had it pounded into their skulls this week that this is a terribly old rivalry (Mike Ditka played for the Bears! Ray Nitschke played for the Packers! The teams have never liked each other! Additional exclamatory proclamation! Yay!) and that the last time these two storied franchises met in the playoffs was way back on December 14, 1941. But really, none of that really matters after kickoff. Recent history and how these teams have fared against each other does and even when taking that into account, it is hard to say which team will have the edge, other than the Bears, who will be playing at home, as well as whichever team is on offense, because Soldier Field’s turf sucks. So there you go.

Here are a few of the posts we have had this week at the Sportress that attempted to shed some light on the NFC Championship Game but likely fell short and instead went after a cheap joke simply for my own personal amusement:

So, there you go, folks. Enjoy the games. And cherish the fleeting moments. Before you know it, there will be no more football. Sigh. Relish it!