Finale Means Little More than Pride

The Bears haven't swept the Packers since 1991, but with a guarantee of a last place finish for the first time since 2000 there isn't much else left to play for in the season finale.

The Packers will start whatever regulars are healthy enough to go, including Brett Favre and his 206 game playing streak. However, don't expect them to go more than half.

Head coach Mike Sherman wouldn't commit to any specific timeline for his starters, there would be little to gain by risking injury. The Packers have already locked up the third seed in the NFC and will host a playoff game during wildcard weekend.

On the other hand the Bears are searching for whatever bright spot can come out of their eighth losing campaign in the last nine seasons.

"It's our pride kind of on the line," Chad Hutchinson said. "Anytime you're playing for that I mean the motivation is pretty high."

Hutchinson will start his fifth game for the team and is looking to further state a case for being apart of the 2005 equation. He's 1-3 as a starter, but has received praise from the coaching staff.

"I like Chad Hutchinson an awful lot," Lovie Smith said. "I think he's a good football player. I think he's a competitor. He knows how to compete from start until finish. It won't be perfect with any quarterback playing. There are going to be some passes that you would like to have back, but I like him leading our team and I think that was a step for him."

Smith stated being Green Bay as his top goal when he took over as head coach of the Chicago Bears. The team backed up his words with a 21-10 victory in Week 2 at Lambeau Field, but the win proved costly.

The team lost Mike Brown for the season with a torn Achilles, Charles Tillman suffered a knee injury that would keep him out for half the season and Brian Urlacher re-aggravated a hamstring injury and that forced him to miss the next two games.

Even with a sweep of the Packers, it will be difficult to asses the game because the majority of the Packers' starters will not be on the field for more than a portion of the game.

After five of the last six games the Bears are looking for any reason to celebrate.


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