In short, the Bears will face the highest seed remaining after the wild-card round. So their opponent will be the Philadelphia Eagles, if they defeat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, or the winner of the New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks game on Saturday.
So from a Bears perspective, whom will you be pulling for this weekend? Do you prefer a rematch with the Eagles, whom the Bears defeated 31-26 in Week 12? Are you nervous about the Saints, who won seven of their last nine games of the regular season? Or would you take your chances that the Seahawks wouldn't win a second consecutive game at Soldier Field after pulling off a 23-20 victory there in Week 6?
(Remember, Bears fans, if you want to play the Seahawks or Saints, you'll have to root for the Packers this weekend.)
The Bears are spending the next few days in bye-week mode. General manager Jerry Angelo told the team's web site that he will have two scouts at the Saints-Seahawks game and one in Philadelphia to focus on the Eagles.
Before then, however, let's aim to give Jerry some help. What's the best case-scenario for the Bears? Give me your thoughts in the comment section below. I'll publish a representative sample, along with my own take, by the end of the week. Have at It.