In the latest episode of Bears Classics: "Divine Dominance," CSN takes a look back at the memorable 2007 NFC Championship Game against the rising New Orleans Saints.
After a disappointing loss in the NFL Divisional Playoffs against Carolina the year prior, the 2006 Bears were determined to prove they were the real deal. Fueled by a standout defense, the blazing speed of a record-setting rookie, along with a quarterback under pressure both on and off the field, the Bears encountered a surging team from the bayou who were focused on bringing pride and happiness to a city that had recently experienced devastation of catastrophic proportions.
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For the Bears and Saints, this game was judgment day…with the winner heading to Miami for Super Bowl XLI.
CSN caught up with former players in this latest installment of Bears Classics.
Check out the entire episode in the videos above and below.
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Disrespect heading into NFC title game
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Evaluating Reggie Bush and the Saints
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Bears win NFC Championship Game
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Grossman on NFC title game
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Brian Urlacher's performance
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Super Bowl XLI heartbreak
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - A memorable 2006 season
The Bears were getting used to life in the big chair. Chicago was favored in each of their last four games, but it all came crashing down at the hands of Brock Osweiler in overtime last week.
The Miami Dolphins pulled off the upset, and now the Bears return home to take on one of the best teams in the league.
Even if they had won in Miami, Chicago likely still would have been underdogs to the New England Patriots on Sunday, but as it stands, Bill Belichick and company are favored by three on most major sportsbooks, according to Vegas Insider.
The line initially opened at Patriots by 2.5, but it would seem that money placed on New England pushed the spread a little more in the Bears’ favor.
Vegas is expecting another higher-scoring game for both teams, with the over/under sitting at 49. Given that the Patriots have scored at least 38 points in each of their last three games, the Bears’ defense may have some trouble keeping this game low on the scoreboard.
In Week 6, home underdogs went 4-1 against the spread and 3-2 straight up. According to Bet America, home underdogs have covered in 20 of their 30 games this season, which bodes well for a Bears team facing a tough task at Soldier Field.
It costs a lot of money to see the GOAT, apparently.
According to TickPick, a secondary-market ticket site, the get-in price for Sunday's Bears-Patriots matchup is currently sitting at a nice, plump $356.
That price is, according to this article in the Chicago Sun-Times, more expensive than a ticket to No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 16 North Carolina State ($161) and No. 5 LSU vs. No. 22 Mississippi State (39$??) combined. It's also over 100 percent (116, to be precise) higher than the Bears' following game against the New York Jets.
This is on top of what is, according to CNBC, already the most expensive gameday experience in the NFL. Soldier's average beer costs $9.50, coming in as the 2nd-most expensive cup of Bud Light Foam, behind only San Fransisco.
Honestly though, it's not even that cold yet. Who needs heat/electricity when you can have nosebleed seats and *one* beer instead!