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NFL Playoff Betting: Chicago Bears (14-3) Vs. New Orleans Saints (11-6)

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Chicago, Ill.January 21, 2007

3:00 ET

The improbable NFC Championship matchup between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints is now a reality that will have football fans all over the country tuned in to see if the Saints, the team all of America is pulling for, can continue their surprising Cinderella season or if the big, bad Bears, can make the clock strike 12 and take another step towards their stated goal of reaching and winning next month’s Super Bowl XLI.

This, classic, offense vs. defense showdown could go down as one of the most memorable NFC championship matchups ever and at the very least, should provide ample entertainment for three and a half hours.

Here is a look at the upcoming game, both point spreads and a prediction on the outcome.

Chicago Bears (14-3)

The Bears, who were lucky to escape with their win ove the Seattle Seahawks, will try to do waht they’ve been doing all year long – run the ball effectively with their pair of bruising running backs, Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson, while throwing the ball just enough with oft-maligned quarterback, Rex Grossman.

If Chicago can move the ball consistently on the ground, then the Saints will have their work more than cut out for them and Grossman should be able to complete more high percentage passes.

Defensively, the Bears will be facing the most complete offensive team in the league this season. If Chicago can pressure and hurry New Orleans quarterback Drew …