The long-time rivals will meet in the playoffs for only the second time, and the first time since 1941, when the Green Bay Packers travel to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears. The Packers are fresh off of an impressive win over the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons, 48-21, on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Packers carved up Atlanta’s zone defense all night long and were able to move the ball at will, especially through the air. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers only missed on five passes as he threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns.
Rodgers wasn’t the only one who played his best game of the year, as the Packers were firing on all cylinders as they outplayed and outcoached the NFC favorite. Coach Mike McCarthy’s game plan was among the best the league has seen all season, as the Packers wide receivers were seemingly wide open throughout the entire game, finding holes all over the zone defense that the Falcons had played so well up until that point.
This week they will have a tougher task at hand when they have to brave the elements and play in the heart of winter in Chicago as opposed to playing in a comfortable dome setting. Once they get outside, they will also have a tougher team in front of them, as the Bears will bring one of the league’s best defenses out on Sunday. Their defense, led by Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher, allowed only 17.9 points-per-game in the regular season and held Green Bay to 10 points in week 17. (more)
The European leg of U2′s 360 Tour is approaching its end with just 5 dates left all in the UK. U2 opened its 2009 tour in Barcelona, Spain on June 3o and have played 11 cities to date including 3 shows in their home town of Dublin, Ireland. After they wrap up in Europe on 8/22 the band will have 3 weeks off before the North American debut of the tour on 9/12 at Chicago’s Soldier Field (see full North American schedule below).
U2 has been getting rave reviews so far with some really great set lists. They play about 7 tracks from their new album which is fine with fans given how well the songs fit into U2′s live shows. Every set list so far has seen ‘Breathe’, ‘No Line on the Horizon’, ‘Get On Your Boots’, ‘Magnificent’, ‘Unknown Caller’, ‘I’ll Go Crazy, If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ and ‘Moment of Surrender’.
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After months of speculation, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher reported to training camp on Tuesday, contract extension in tow. The one-year deal could be worth as much as $18 million, including a $6 million signing bonus, a $1 million base salary raise, and $8 million in guaranteed money in 2012.
“It feels good because I did have four years left on my contract, we all know that. They didn’t have to do anything, that was obviously a nice deal they offered me,” said Urlacher.
Despite offseason neck surgery and a sore back, Urlacher was ok’ed to participate in training camp activities.
“I feel fine, I feel great,” Urlacher said. “I’m not worried about that. Our doctors cleared me. I trust them, so if they tell me I’m OK, I’m OK. I feel fine, I haven’t had any effects from my neck, from my back, nothing. So just get out there and start playing.”
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