The Bears would like to beat the Packers in Sunday's regular-season finale at Lambeau Field for several reasons. They may still have an outside shot at the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, they could become the first team to sweep the division since they last did so in 1987 and they could knock a dangerous rival from the postseason.
If it doesn't happen, though, no worries.
"The last time we were in the playoffs, the year we went to the Super Bowl, we played them the last game of the year at Soldier Field, a game that didn't matter then either and they beat us," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We still ended up playing pretty well in the playoffs. Obviously, we want to play well every game but if we don't, it's not the end of the world. We still have a bye week to fix whatever problems we may have. It's not a huge issue."
With the Packers desperate for a win, the Bears may get a glimpse of the game speed they can expect in the playoffs.
"It's weird," Urlacher said. "There's preseason speed, there's regular-season speed, there's the playoffs and there's Super-Bowl speed and you can't believe how fast each of them goes. It's amazing how much the intensity goes up during those games. For some reason they're a lot faster and things happen a lot quicker. I'm not sure why but they do."