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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Marshall won't be rooting for Packers

By Michael C. Wright

Brandon Marshall
The only team Brandon Marshall will be rooting for Sunday will be the Bears.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- To advance to the playoffs, the Chicago Bears need the Green Bay Packers. But receiver Brandon Marshall refuses to root for the club's rival up north like the rest of his teammates.

"I'm not cheering for anybody but the Bears," Marshall said Thursday when asked how it would feel to cheer for the Packers. "That's how it is."

At 9-6, the Bears need to defeat the Detroit Lions on Sunday to make it into the postseason. But they also need the Packers to beat the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome.

"We put ourselves in this position," Marshall said. "Right now, it could be a good position. You never know how things will work out. All we can do is beat Detroit and sit back, have a cup of coffee, and see what happens (in the Green Bay) game."

Provided Chicago takes care of business against the Lions and the Packers beat the Vikings, the Bears will face the San Francisco 49ers on the road in the first round of the playoffs. A victory or a 49ers loss clinches the Packers the No. 2 seed.

The 49ers can clinch the second seed (and a first-round bye), with a Packers loss to the Vikings, which would put the Bears out of the playoff hunt.

"I can root for Green Bay," linebacker Lance Briggs said. "That doesn't mean that I like Green Bay. Everybody in Chicago is going to be pulling for Green Bay. That’s just the way it is. That doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to watch every play. I might check scores and stuff like that."