The Chicago Bear (8-8), led by quarterback Mitchell trubisky, meet the Saints of New Orleans (12-4), led by quarterback Drew Brees, in a NFC Super Wild Card Playoff Game Sunday January 10, 2021 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Line: Saints -10
Above / Below: 47
Silver line: Bear + 400 / Saints -500
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Darryl Slater, NFL Analyst
The only question in this game: Will the Saints cover the spread? Yes, they probably will. Bears coach Matt Nagy deserves a lot of credit for making the playoffs and going 8-8 this season with quarterbacks Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky. Really, though, the Bears would have done better to keep losing, so they could draft a top quarterback this spring. (The Bears were 5-7 at one point and losing six in a row.) Now they might not be able to get their quarterback of the future.
Saints 38, Bear 13
Steve Politi, columnist
Every few years, it seems, a team that has nothing to do in the playoffs but still achieves it thanks to another team losing in the first round against all odds. The Bears won’t be that team.
Saints 41, Bear 20
Giants reporter Zack Rosenblatt
The Bears have done a good job this season beating the wrong teams. The Saints are not a bad team. And Mitchell Trubisky is still a bad quarterback, even though he fooled some people for a few weeks. Drew Brees You may not be able to throw the ball deep anymore, but Alvin Kamara is unstoppable, his defense is excellent and Michael Thomas could even come back. New Orleans will be the Packers’ biggest challenger.
Saints 34, Bear 20
Michael Kaye, Eagles reporter
This could be Drew Brees’ last playoffs in the NFL. With the Saints pushing for one final playoff innings, New Orleans should be ready to handle whatever Mitch Trubisky and the Bears are up to. It should be a rash if Brees is on the verge. Alvin Kamara is expected to rampage to the end zone at least twice.
Saints 30, Bear 19
Chris Franklin, the defeated Eagles reporter
Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t look like the eternal Pro Bowl player he once was. Holy running backs Alvin Kamara are expected to be activated on the Reserve / COVID-19 list. If he’s playing anything close to the six touchdown performance he had on Christmas Day, the Bears are in trouble. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky will need to play against the league’s fourth-ranked defense, and running back David Montgomery will need to find a way to break long points. It won’t happen on Sunday.
Saints 30, Bear 16
Joe Giglio, NFL reporter
The AFC were strong enough to field seven quality playoff teams in the new format’s first year. The NFC? Well, not so much. Chicago does not belong to this dance and will be exhibited by a team of Saints whose mission is to finally overcome the hump. The Saints have lost back-to-back playoff games at home to Goff and Kirk Cousins. There’s no way Mitch Trubisky will do three in a row, is there? I just can’t see it happening.
Saints 33, Bear 20
Bear note: QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY had 303 yards and TD against 0 INT for 89.6 in just one playoff start (1/6/19 – NFC-W vs. Phi.). Passed for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns against 0 INT for a score of 86.3 in his last start against NO (10/20/19). Aiming for 3rd place on the road with a score of 95+. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY placed 5th in the NFL with a career-high 1,508 scrimmage yards (1,070 rush, 438 rec.) And had 10 TDs, a career-high (8 rush, 2 rec.). ) in 2020. Is 5th RB in Chi. franchise history with over 1,500 yards of scrimmage and over 10 touchdowns in a single season. Was 1 of 3 RBs (DALVIN COOK & DERRICK HENRY) with 7+ games (7) of 110+ yards and TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led the team with 102 receptions, a career high and 1,250 rec. yards, his 3rd career 1,000-yard season. Received 10 receptions for 143 yards and caught a touchdown in a single playoff game (1/6/19 – NFC-W v Phi.). Had 6 receptions for 87 yards and rec. TD reunion in week 8. WR DARNELL MOONEY placed 5th among rookies with 61 receptions. TE JIMMY GRAHAM ranked 2nd among TE NFC with 8 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 386 receptions for 4,752 rec. yards and 51 touchdowns in 5 seasons (2010-14) with NO. • LB KHALIL MACK led the team with 9 sacks. Is 1 in 2 (AARON DONALD) with more than 8 sacks in each of the last 6 seasons. Has 3 TFL in 2 career playoff games. Had sack & FF in the Week 8 meeting. LB ROQUAN SMITH had 139 tackles, a career-high and placed 2nd in the NFL with 18 TFL, a career-high. Had INT in only one career playoff game (1/6/19 – NFC-W v Phi.). Had 11 tackles, 2 TFLs & PDs in Week 8 meeting. LB DANNY TREVATHAN had a 4th career season with over 100 tackles (112). S EDDIE JACKSON had FF at the week 8 reunion.
Remarks of the saints: QB DREW BREES has 4,967 passing yards (310.4 per game) and 34 touchdowns against 12 INTs for a 99.6 rating in 16 career playoff starts. Passed for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns against 0 INT for a score of 109.8 in the week 8 meeting. Had 14 touchdowns (12 assists, 2 rushes) against 2 INT for a score of 100.8 in 7 starts at home this season. • RB ALVIN KAMARA led the NFL with 21 touchdowns (16 rush, 5 rec.) And placed 3rd in scrimmage (1,688). Led all RBs with 83 receptions, a career high. Had 9 receptions and 163 yards of scrum (96 rec., 67 rush) in the Week 8 meeting. Has over 100 yards of scrum in 3 of his last 4 playoff games. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY is one of 2 RB (TODD GURLEY) with more than 5 TDs in each of the last 6 seasons. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 38 receptions for 493 yards (98.6 per game) & 3 rec. touchdowns in 5 career playoff games. Got 9 receptions for 131 yards in his last game against Chi. (10/20/19). Aim for his 3rd in a row against Chi. with 7+ sockets and 75+ rec. meters. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS tallied 11 receptions for 98 yards and caught a touchdown in his last game against Chi. (15/9/19 with Den.). Is one of 3 WRs (TY HILTON & JULIO JONES) with 500+ rec. yards in each of the past 9 seasons. TE JARED COOK has 22 rec. TDs since 2018, 2nd among TEs. • DE CAMERON JORDAN is just one player with more than 7 sacks in each of the last 9 seasons. At 5.5 sacks, 8 TFLs and 4 PDs in 9 career playoff games. Aiming for his 3rd in the playoffs and 3rd in a row against Chi. with bag. DE TREY HENDRICKSON tied for 2nd in the NFL with a career-high 13.5 sacks. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 3 PD, 2 TFL and INT in 3 career playoff games. Was one of 5 LBs with over 100 tackles (119) and 10+ TFL (10) in 2020. – NFL communications
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