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Monday, January 10, 2011
BBAO: A wild week cometh

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

PHILADELPHIA -- I'll spend Monday morning working my way back to NFC North headquarters. Together, we'll spend the rest of the week prepping for an epic weekend that could lead to an epic matchup.

The Green Bay Packers have advanced to Saturday night's NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. About 17 hours later, the Chicago Bears will kick off at Soldier Field against the Seattle Seahawks. (No, I don't know yet if I'll be at both games.) Victories by both teams would set up the first modern-day NFC Championship Game between the Packers and Bears. As David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune points out, the Packers and Bears played for the Western Division title in 1941.

I'm counting on this week being one of the most exciting in the long and exhausting three-year history of the NFC North blog. Before ramping it up, however, let's catch up on news and links from around the division -- including an odd scenario developing on the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff.