Bears look to finish road to NFC crown

Top-seeded Chicago clears hurdle with elusive playoff win

January 18, 2007|By Hank Gola | Hank Gola,New York Daily News

CHICAGO -- Before they last hosted an NFC championship game, they were the fabled 1985 Chicago Bears, and they defined brash.

The Super Bowl Shuffle already was a hit, Mike Ditka was daring people to knock the chip off his shoulder and Buddy Ryan, their defensive coordinator, was correctly predicting they would force the Los Angeles Rams' Eric Dickerson into a few fumbles at Soldier Field.

Saints@Bears NFC championship game, Sunday, 3 p.m., chs. 45, 5 Line: Bears by 2 1/2

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