Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers was the league's third-rated passer in 2010, behind only Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.
That makes it remarkable, then, that Michael Vick (4th), Matt Ryan (11th) and Drew Brees (12th) made the NFC's Pro Bowl roster ahead of him.
Rodgers has also been brilliant in the postseason, with six touchdowns, no interceptions, and a completion percentage of nearly 78 percent, which is why most analysts are picking the Packers to beat the Bears and maybe even win the Super Bowl.
But the Bears are quietly confident about how they stack up against Rodgers.
In two games this season, Rodgers completed 53 of 73 for 545 for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Those are pretty impressive statistics, but the Bears aren't complaining. That's because the Packers scored 27 points combined in those two games, one on Monday night and one a must-win to punch their playoff ticket in the finale.
"We know quite a bit about Aaron Rodgers," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday, when asked if he watched film of the Packers' blowout of the Atlanta Falcons. "He's a great player. We know all of their guys and they know us. Again, it's a little bit different this week."
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher noted that the Falcons had several injuries, most notably in the secondary.
"I think the Falcons had a back-up guy in there, so they took advantage of that," Urlacher said. "[Rodgers] knows where to go with the football, he knows what coverage you're in, you're not going to trick him."
Rodgers was brilliant in a key victory over the New York Giants and in the postseason.
But in two of his final three regular season starts, Rodgers faced NFC North teams, and his numbers were underwhelming. In a loss to the Detroit Lions, Rodgers was seven for 11 for 46 yards with one interception before getting knocked out of the game with a concussion. In the finale against the Bears, he was 19 of 28 for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception.