We’ve known for weeks the Chicago Bears were going to be in the playoffs, but we didn’t know when they would play, who would be their opponent, and where we could catch the action.
Naturally, it’s primetime treatment for the 2018 NFC North champions:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 31, 2018
The Bears’ Wild-Card Weekend matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles will take place at 3:40 p.m. CT on Sunday at Soldier Field. You can catch the action on NBC, which means crew of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michelle Tafoya will be on the call. For what it’s worth, the Bears won two of the three games in which they appeared on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. So at this point, NBC coming to town will be old hat for this group.
There was a line of thinking that FOX was going to make a push for the Bears game, but the network ended up with the Saturday night matchup between the No. 4 seed Dallas Cowboys and No. 6 seed Seattle Seahawks.
Chicago enters Sunday’s playoff game with a 12-4 record and owners of the No. 3 seed after beating the Minnesota Vikings and eliminating them from postseason contention. The Bears’ win, coupled with the Eagles’ win on the road at Washington allowed last year’s Super Bowl champions to slide into the playoffs as the No. 6 seed. Now, the two teams will do battle at Soldier Field for the right to move onto the Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Rams.
Should the Bears take down the high-flying Eagles, they’ll be in line for another primetime showdown:
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 31, 2018
Of course, the Bears need to handle business next Sunday before even making their plans for a Divisional Round rematch against the Los Angeles Rams.
As for the rest of the opening round, here is what we’re looking at:
Wild Card Schedule:
4:35p ET: Colts/Titans at Texans (ESPN/ABC)
8:15p ET: Seahawks at Cowboys (FOX)
1:05p ET: Chargers at Ravens (CBS)
4:40p ET: Eagles at Bears (NBC)
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) December 31, 2018
Playoff football! Feel the excitement!