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Bears win, Bears win

So the oldest (and, perhaps, only true) rivalry in pro football for the right to go to the Super Bowl.

Packers vs. Bears. Somewhere Halas and Lombardi are already arm-wrestling.

Down here in the corporeal realm, the Blob's early, early favorite: the Packers. Aaron Rodgers -- despite the way ESPN's resident dunderhead, Colin Cowherd, continues to undersell him -- is becoming one of the top three quarterbacks in football in front of our very eyes. And if strapping 48 in the Georgia Dome on an Atlanta team that hardly ever loses there doesn't make Green Bay the favorite next week, I don't know what would.

As for Da Bears, they merely did what they should have done, which is ball-peen the imposters from Seattle. It would have been worse than 35-24 if offensive coordinator Mike Martz hadn't made the dumbest play call in history -- Matt Forte out of the wildcat? Why, oh, why? -- and given Seattle momentum just when the Bears were grinding their boots into the Seahawks' trachea.

So ... I say Pack. For now.

Ben Smith's blog.