Embracing an unlikely final four

The NFL might not have ended up with the sexiest final four, but instead of sulking, Gene Wojciechowski is embracing the remaining matchups.

Updated: January 16, 2006, 12:46 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Here at The Toilet Seat, otherwise known as the unfortunately shaped Soldier Field, the Carolina Panthers flipped the lever and flushed the Chicago Bears out of the playoffs. I don't want to push the lavatory metaphor too far, but the Panthers made the Bears play at times like, uh, No. 2.

Carolina won, 29-21, rendering 62,209 Bears fans mute. It was so quiet you could hear beer spill.

Almost two months ago the Panthers left Soldier Field doubled over in pain, the result ...

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