The visit to Lambeau Field Sunday night for their date with the Green Bay Packers is essentially the Bears season, according to one of their leaders.

Its more than taking a stand in the rivalry, said linebacker Lance Briggs. Its more taking a stand on the season.

This is the Bears playoffs.

Green Bay lost a game and a perfect season last weekend at Kansas City. But the Bears have lost their season, one game at a time over the last four, and with that has gone any realistic chance to make the actual playoffs.

That in fact was an underlying goal for this team, which already had lost to Green Bay in Week 3 and was resigned to not catching the Packers before the end of the regular season.

Just as Green Bay leapfrogged the Bears last postseason, the Bears would like to repay the experience. Records like 13-1 and 7-7 dont matter.

Indeed, the Bears went 13-3 in 2001. Their only two losses after opening day were to the Packers.

There have been times where weve been terrible and theyve been really good and we beat them, said linebacker Brian Urlacher. Weve been good, theyve been bad, they beat us. It doesnt really matter. It doesnt matter this week either.