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At least two members of the Chicago Bears will spend Sunday rooting for the Green Bay Packers.
Fear not, Bears fans, the team's storied rivalry with Green Bay hasn't lost any steam. Kicker Robbie Gould and defensive back Chris Harris, however, did tell ESPN 1000's "Chicago's NFL Gameday" that they would rather play the Seattle Seahawks than the Philadelphia Eagles in next week's second-round playoff game at Soldier Field. For that to happen, the Bears would need Green Bay to upset the third-seeded Eagles in Sunday's afternoon's first-round contest. (The Seahawks, the No. 4 seed in the NFC, advanced to the second round with a 41-36 win over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.)
"There's not a team that I least want to play, but I definitely want to play the Seahawks because they beat us earlier in the season," Harris said. "& I would definitely love to get them again."
"I think we would love to see the Seattle Seahawks again," Gould said. "Obviously we didn't play that good of a football game against them earlier in the season. I think we were, as a team, trying to figure out what our identity was. If you look at how the season has gone, everyone can say we've played [against] backup quarterbacks and the whole nine yards. Yeah, that's true. And things have fallen into place for us. But at the same time you gotta win football games no matter who's out there and what's going on. But at the same time, once the bye week hit, we started playing our best football. I never thought anyone would say this, especially in Chicago, but go Pack go!"
The Bears used their first-round bye to get healthy and prepare for three possible opponents. Harris believes the extra rest will do the team good.
"The way I look at a bye is it's an automatic win," Harris said. "You advance to the second round [and] you don't have to play."
Harris added that he thinks the keys for playoff success are no different from those that buoyed the team during the regular season.
"This is the second season," Harris said. "It's one and done. We're definitely going to have to take care of the football in order to win the game. I think that holds true throughout the whole season, but definitely in the playoffs. [We need to] make sure we protect the football and ... take [it] away on defense, and I think we'll be fine."
The Bears' second-round playoff game will take place at 12 p.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 16 at Soldier Field.