In the end, the Chicago Bears did it their way. A tough defense, a error free game from their QB, and a bunch of turnovers that paved the way for the Bears to make it all the way to Miami. 39-14, and they did it in the muck of Chicago with a team that all year was told that they couldn’t go the distance. Give Lovie Smith credit for hanging with a QB that had a lot of ups and downs, and for his game plan on Sunday which included running the ball early and often, and making life a living nightmare for Saints QB Drew Brees.
The Bears used a punishing ground game that totalled 196 yards on 46 carries, a 4.3 yards per carry average. Rex Grossman was not superman, but he did not have to be playing under center for the Bears. He was just 11-for-26 for 144 yards and a TD. What Grossman did though was make smart decisions all day, throwing the ball away instead of forcing it into double or even triple coverages. He did not have to be fantastic, but did make one fantastic play that turned into a 33-yard TD to Bernard Berrian.
The game plan against the scary Saints offense was clear from the start. Play physical against the wide outs, force Drew Brees to move either up or out of the pocket, and when either Deuce McAllister or Reggie Bush touched the ball, make em feel a hit. By the start of the 4th quarter, you could see that the Saints, huddled up on their bench, no longer wanted to be a part of a zelous crowd at Solider Field.
If the Bears play the type of defense they played Sunday in two weeks, they will be very tough, maybe almost impossible to beat. On this day, they answered all the questions that lingered for the last few weeks, and answered them with authority. They never wavered in their quest to get to Miami, and now can state the fact – they are the best team in the NFC. Can they win it all? Based on the way they played in the NFC Championship game, I wouldn’t bet against them.