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The Bear’s Den, Playoffs Game Day Edition, January 6, 2018

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Here it is, Bears fans, the day you’ve been waiting nearly a decade for. Whatever happens, it’s been a great season!

City Of Chicago Gears Up For Super Bowl Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Ken’s Note: We’ve all been waiting for this day for a very long time. We all are hoping for a big win and a first step towards our eventual 8-peat that all Bears fans know is on the way. Whatever happens today, however, we’ve had a great season and have seen absolutely huge progress by our team pretty much across the board. The best part isn’t that we “snuck into the playoffs” like some teams that had to depend on others to even get in... we didn’t..., but rather that we got about 800 monkeys off our backs. The curses are all dead, and whatever happens in today’s game, the needle is pointing STRAIT UP!. BEAR DOWN!

BOOM!

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

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POLISH SAUSAGE

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KNOW THY ENEMY

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