Goal to Go

The Bears will treat the today's season finale against the Packers as their postseason, while Green Bay has already clinched the division they don't want to be swept by their rivals.

Packers (9-6) at Bears (5-10)
Noon, today, FOX (Ch. 32)

Key Matchups
Brett Favre, Packers quarterback

Forget about the 3,892 passing yards and 28 TDs. You only need to remember one stat with Favre -- he's 20-5 lifetime against the Bears, his best record against any NFL team. Favre, who leads the NFL's fourth-ranked offense, has thrown 48 TDs against the Bears.

Alex Brown, Bears defensive end
With Adewale Ogunleye out, Brown is the team's best pass rusher. The pressure is on the entire defensive line -- with Tommie Harris, Ian Scott and Michael Haynes -- to get some heat on Favre.

Javon Walker, Packers wide receiver
Walker is third in the NFL with 1,300 receiving yards and has hauled in 11 touchdowns. The Florida State product has developed into a player in his third season in the league, and is dangerous on any play -- with an average of 15.1 yards per catch.

Charles Tillman/Jerry Azumah, Bears cornerbacks
It doesn't matter who gets the assignment, the Bears secondary will have its hands full. Tillman has had his share of penalties, while Azumah is known more for his kickoff returns. Either way, Walker is certain to get his chances to make some plays downfield.

Injury report
PACKERS: PROBABLE: T Kevin Barry (quad); DT Grady Jackson (knee); Mark Roman (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: Najeh Davenport (shoulder).

BEARS: PROBABLE: DT Alfonso Boone (shoulder); DT Tommie Harris (ankle); CB Charles Tillman (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (ankle). OUT: FB Bryan Johnson (foot); DE Adewale Ogunleye (leg).

Pick off artists
The Bears interception return average of 32.1 yards on 17 interceptions leads the NFC and is second in the NFL to Baltimore's 36.2 yards average on 18 interceptions. Chicago's current interception return average is the highest ever for the team dating back to 1965. With five interceptions in the last four games, Chicago's 17 interceptions are the most since the 2001 Bears intercepted 20 passes. The franchise record for interceptions in a season is 37 set in 1935 while the record for a 16-game schedule is 34 established in 1985. The interception and 38-yard touchdown return by Lance Briggs against Detroit last week allowed the Bears to set a modern franchise record with their sixth defensive TD of the season, tied with Baltimore's franchise record of six for the most in the NFL this season.

2004 RANKINGS
Bears: offense 32nd (27th rush, 31st pass); defense 17th (26th rush, 12th pass). Packers: offense 4th (10th rush, 4th pass); defense 27th (16th rush, 26th pass).


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