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It’s time for the Chicago Bears to show the world the true meaning of the word BOOM!

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Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) carries the ball in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

4 Bears Named To AP All-Pro Team - 670 The Score - Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller and Tarik Cohen received the honors.

Zeglinski: The Bears and Eagles are a test of every meaningful and meaningless football cliche – The Rock River Times - This time a year ago, a confident roster full of leaders, dynamic talents, underdogs, and a courageous coach were preparing to go on a Super Bowl run for the ages. They had the NFL’s best defense led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, a host of balanced offensive playmakers in Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery, and were dripping with swagger and team chemistry thanks to head coach Doug Pederson. That team was the Philadelphia Eagles, who ran roughshod through the NFC en route to an upset of the dynastic Tom Brady-Bill Belichick New England Patriots on February’s big stage.

In his own words: Miller talks Bears playoffs - ChicagoBears.com - With the Bears preparing to host the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs Sunday, rookie receiver Anthony Miller. shares his thoughts exclusively with ChicagoBears.com.

Medina: Mitch Trubisky is Taking Matt Nagy's "Be Obsessed" Mantra to Another Level - Bleacher Nation - You can talk about being the best, but Mitch Trubisky is obsessed.

DaBearsPod: Special Wildcard Weekend Edition with Paul Domowitch - Da Bears Blog - On this special Wildcard Weekend edition of DaBearsPod...

Nick Foles versus Bears 'D' shaping up to be a heavyweight bout - ESPN - The Eagles' quarterback has recaptured some of his '17 magic, but he's about to face a defense that has tamed some of the NFL's hottest teams.

Dickerson: Building the Bears - How it became fun again in Chicago - ESPN - The Bears have a roster packed with talent, an innovative coach and victory dance parties. But a lot had to happen for them to be relevant again.

Wiedman: Fog won't be an issue in Bears-Eagles matchup - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Wanda Wiedman talks about the last time these teams met in the playoffs, aka The Fog Bowl. This time, weather shouldn't be a factor!

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Eagles - 670 The Score - The Bears (12-4) host the Eagles (9-7) in a wild-card game Sunday at 3:40 p.m.

5@5: Where Does Trubisky Rank Among Playoff QBs? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Bears' Eddie Jackson Questionable For Wild-Card Game - 670 The Score - Eddie Jackson (ankle sprain) practiced the last two days after missing two games.

For Matt Nagy, Playoff Run With Bears Comes After Long Rise - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy directed the Bears to a 12-4 mark and NFC North title in his first year.

AP All-Pro team has Chicago accent: Mack, three others make team - Daily Herald - Khalil Mack and three other Bears made The Associated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro Team on Friday. They were joined by the first rookie teammates since 1965 -- Colts guard left Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard.

Stankevitz: Bears’ All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson will be a game-time decision for playoff game vs. Eagles - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Jackson is officially questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Eagles, with Matt Nagy saying whether he plays or not will come down to a game-time decision.

Ellis: Khalil Mack, Tarik Cohen, Eddie Jackson, and Kyle Fuller all named AP All-Pro - NBC Sports Chicago - Jackson, Cohen, and Fuller are first time selections.

Wildcard: Bears-Eagles 5 Matchups to Watch (And 3 Keys to the Game) - The Chicago Audible Podcast - Here are the three keys and five pivotal matchups to pay attention to in Sunday's wildcard game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Neveau: Chase Daniel Encourages Bears Fans to Bring the 'Boom' Sunday - NBC Chicago - Chicago Bears fans looking to help the team out on Sunday afternoon got some advice from quarterback Chase Daniel this week.

Mayer: Eddie Jackson will be a game-time decision - ChicagoBears.com - After practicing on a limited basis Friday for the second straight day, Bears All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson was listed as questionable for Sunday’s playoff game against the Eagles.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: The Myth Of Matt Nagy’s ‘Failure’ In Last Year’s Playoffs - WGN Radio - 720 AM - One of the biggest myths in the NFL over the last calendar year is that Nagy cost the Kansas City Chiefs a win in last year’s Wild Card round. After leading the Tennessee Titans 21-3 at halftime, the Chiefs' offense didn’t score a single point the rest of the game and the Titans came back to win 22-21 on the road at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mayer: Four Bears selected first-team All-Pro - ChicagoBears.com - Four Bears players on Friday were named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press: outside linebacker Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and punt returner Tarik Cohen.

Where to watch, listen to Bears-Eagles game - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears will host the Eagles in a wildcard playoff game at 3:40 PM (CT) on Sunday. Here's how you can watch and listen to the contest.

Kenney: Mike Ditka returns to golf after heart attack, excited for Bears playoff game - Sun Times - Mike Ditka didn't let a heart attack stop him from coaching the Bears in 1988 and he won't let one stall him now.

Finley: Bears S Eddie Jackson questionable for Sunday's playoff game - Sun Times - Bears safety Eddie Jackson is questionable for Sunday's playoff game after practicing Friday for the second-straight day.

Finley: Ex-Bears thrilled for playoff return - 'The city is on fire' - Sun Times
The buzz around Sunday’s wild card game against the Eagles feels all too familiar to Lance Briggs, the Bears’ former star linebacker.

Potash: Four Bears named first-team All-Pro - Mack, Fuller, Jackson, Cohen - Sun Times - The last time the Bears had four first-team All-Pro players was in 2006, when Brian Urlacher, Olin Kreutz, Devin Hester and Robbie Gould were honored

Eagles at Bears preview: Hoge & Jahns Podcast - Sun Times - Will the Bears' defense continue to dominate against quarterback Nick Foles? Can Mitch Trubisky handle the intensity of the playoffs?

Wiederer: How the Bears are helping kids from Chicago's West and South sides - 'I care about people who are on the margins. I care about people who are forgotten about.' - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have enlivened Chicago this season with a surprising run to the playoffs. But through a recently formed social justice committee, players are making their impact felt away from the field, too, pushing to empower youth in under-resourced communities.

Haugh: Eagles' Alshon Jeffery unlikely to recognize Soldier Field - or the Bears defense - from the last time he saw both - Chicago Tribune - This is not the Chicago that Alshon Jeffery was in such a hurry to leave. His return with the Eagles to face the Bears in Sunday's wild-card playoff game creates a compelling contrast.

Kane: Mitch Trubisky can't avoid the scrutiny a postseason brings. Not in front of a Bears crowd that has waited 8 years for a playoff game - Chicago Tribune - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky has made undeniable strides this season under coach Matt Nagy. But what will be fresh in everyone’s minds for the next six months will be how he performs from here on out, whether it be one more game or four.

Kane: Eddie Jackson will be a game-time decision for Bears' playoff game vs. Eagles - Chicago Tribune - The Bears listed free safety Eddie Jackson as questionable to play in Sunday’s first-round playoff game against the Eagles at Soldier Field. Jackson, who has been recovering from a sprained right ankle he suffered Dec. 16, practiced in a limited capacity for the second straight day Friday.

Wiederer: 3 keys for the Bears against the Eagles - Mitch Trubisky must keep his composure in his 1st playoff game - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears attempt to get their first playoff victory in eight years, they'll have their hands full against a feisty Eagles team. Mitch Trubisky will have to be composed and clutch. And the Bears will have to handle Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox.

Williams: Bears hope to have Eddie Jackson, but call him “game-time decision” – ProFootballTalk - The Bears hope to have All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson on Sunday, but they don't know if they will. “He’ll be a game-time decision,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said Friday, via Larry Mayer of the team website. “He’s literally going to go right up to it. We’ll test him out, see how he is.

Finley: Bears' defense knows playoff dominance can cement legacy - Sun Times - The Bears defense has been must-see viewing this season. But it won’t be memorable unless the Bears dominate in the postseason.

Morrissey: Bears might as well go for it all now - Sun Times - Lots of fans are still living off the buzz of the 1985 Super Bowl team. They want more. They deserve more. With this defense, they might get it. Ken's Note: Wow, there's some amazing reporting... the "Bears might as well go for it all now". Who would have thought?

Jahns: Bears-Eagles injury report: Bears safety Eddie Jackson is a game-time decision - Sun Times - Bears safety Eddie Jackson is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Finley: 4 Bears questions - Tarik Cohen meets his idol, team picks captains and ... Boom! - Sun Times - Four questions as the Bears prepare for their first playoff game in eight years, a wild-card matchup Sunday against the reigning Super Bowl champs:

POLISH SAUSAGE

2018 playoff picks – ProFootballTalk - Before the regular season started, the PFT writers made their projections/wild-ass guesses at the 12 playoff teams and the ultimate progression of the postseason, through the Super Bowl.

The 2018 AP All-Pro team – ProFootballTalk - The major Associated Press awards won’t be announced for another 29 days. For now, the AP has unveiled its annual All-Pro team. The first team for offense, defense, and special teams appears below. Offensively, the quarterback is Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs.

NFL playoffs pressure cooker: Now or never for Philip Rivers? - NFL.com - Come January, Marc Sessler writes, the vice grip tightens and all wiggle room withers away. Especially for the following list of people feeling an added dose of pressure as kickoff nears on a playoff date with fate.

KNOW THY ENEMY

APC NFL Wild Card Picks: Bears and Seahawks to advance in NFC - Acme Packing Company - Based on the totals of our writers’ predictions, APC narrowly expects three road teams to pull off victories this weekend.

Packers LT David Bakhtiari earns first-team All-Pro honors - Acme Packing Company - Despite not making the Pro Bowl, Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari earned first-team All-Pro honors for the 2018 season.

2018 NFL All-Pro Team only features two Eagles players - Bleeding Green Nation - The voters got some things wrong.

Previewing the Eagles vs. Bears wild card game - Bleeding Green Nation - BGN Radio Episode 30!

Nick Foles, Carson Wentz, or Neither. Who is the QB of the Future for the Eagles? - Bleeding Green Nation - Just hopefully not our future.

Matthew Stafford is in it for the long haul, and Bob Quinn has his back - Pride Of Detroit - Matthew Stafford isn’t going anywhere

2018 NFL All Pro teams: Lions players didn’t receive a single vote, Snacks snubbed again - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions were shut out of All-Pro voting.

6 takeaways from Lions GM Bob Quinn’s end-of-season press conference - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the six most important topics from Bob Quinn’s presser.

Zimmer: We’ll have an offensive coordinator decision by Tuesday - Daily Norseman - And it probably won’t be Hue Jackson. Huzzah!

Packers will interview former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, per report - Acme Packing Company - Add another name to the list of offensive minds interviewing with the Packers.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Gowton & Wiltfong: Chicago writer (Lester Wiltfong, Jr.) gives 3 reasons why Philadelphia will win - Bleeding Green Nation - Giving you a look at the enemy’s biggest concerns.

Wiltfong: NFL Playoffs Bears vs. Eagles Injury Report - Eddie Jackson is questionable - Windy City Gridiron - This is the full injury report for the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles in advance of Sunday's Wildcard game.

Wiltfong: FanPulse voters have Bears beating the Eagles, Matt Nagy as Coach of the Year, and much more... - Windy City Gridiron - We have the FanPulse picks for the Bears vs. Eagles winner, coach of the year, most valuable player, rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, and Bears’ fans confidence results!

Wiltfong & Gowton: Eagles writer gives 3 reasons the Bears WILL beat the Eagles - Windy City Gridiron - By now you’ve already read our special, and massive, playoff edition of Five Ten Questions With Bleeding Green Nation, to get us the inside scoop on the Philadelphia Eagles before they travel to...

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Game - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ playoff journey begins with a showdown against the defending champions. Our staff picks for the battle.

Infante: Four Bears players named first-team AP All-Pro - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears had quite the showing on the first-team All-Pro list this year.

Thorman: How confident or not NFL fans were about their teams in the 2018 season - SBNation.com - Where does your team fall?

Curl's & Berckes' Bears Blither-Blather: How will the Chicago Bears devour the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2018 wildcard game? - Windy City Gridiron - Patti & Jeff discuss New Year’s resolutions, the wild card coaching match-up, and how they envision the Bears inevitable triumph on Sunday.

Bears vs. Eagles: Playoff Schedule, streaming, odds, previews and more - Windy City Gridiron - This is everything you need to know about the Bears vs. Eagles playoff game.

Whiskey Ranger's Video Game Preview: Bears – Eagles | Wildcard Weekend - Windy City Gridiron - Who needs to go fishing through hours of game tape, when you have Madden?

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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