What we witnessed last week, between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots was remarkably entertaining.
But don't expect anything close to that this week, when the Bears host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game at Soldier Field.
"I just think you just look at our history together. It does have a respectful tone, but it can be nasty also," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. " It's going to be a physical game.
"We don't like each other. You don't have to be in love with someone, or you can have some dislike, and not put it out in the media everyday. Believe me, there's not a whole lot of love for us coming up north."
Last week, there was no shortage of antics and comments from the AFC East matchup, from Wes Welker dropping foot references to poke fun at Rex Ryan to the Jets coach saying the game would come down to him and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
This week, though, the NFL's oldest rivalry will be much more civilized.
"But games are supposed to be played on the field," he said. "In the end, if I felt like me doing a whole lot of talking would help us play better, I'd start doing a whole lot more of that. But it'll come down to how we play. Our guys realize that."
For my money, I'd love to see Smith talk smack, insisting this game will come down to him outfoxing Green Bay's Mike McCarthy. But don't hold your breath.
These two teams know each other well -- maybe too well.
Asked if he would break down the Packers' beatdown of the Atlanta Falcons, Smith said, "No.
"We haven't really studied that game a lot yet. We're finishing up video from our last game, but we don't really have to. We know quite a bit about Aaron Rodgers. He's a great player. We know all of their guys and they know us. Again, it's a little bit different this week. Kind of know what the game plan will be, a little bit. Know how they're going to attack us, and know how we'll attack them."
I'm sure, though, that both teams will have some wrinkles and surprises for one another.