Up Next: Rematch At Philadelphia

Green Bay advanced to the playoffs, where it will face the well-rested Eagles at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Packers beat the Eagles in Week 1, but that was without Michael Vick.

The Green Bay Packers advanced to the playoffs with a grind-it-out 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday evening at Lambeau Field.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said he'll savor the moment, with his defense forcing two turnovers and recording six sacks.

"I'm going to enjoy it tonight," Capers said. "I'll be back in here at 3 in the morning. I thought initially we might be playing Saturday but I'm glad to hear we don't have a short week because if that was the case, we'd have to do two days of work in one. Believe me, I'm going to enjoy it."

Ah, the life of a coach.

The Packers will play at Philadelphia at 3:30 p.m. (Central) on Sunday in a game that will be televised by Fox. Both teams finished 10-6, with the Eagles winning the NFC East and treating Sunday's 14-13 loss against Dallas as a bye week and Green Bay earning a wild-card berth.

The Packers beat the Eagles 27-20 in the opener at Lincoln Financial Field. That time, the Packers spent the week preparing for quarterback Kevin Kolb. Linebacker Clay Matthews knocked Kolb out of the game with a first-half concussion, with backup Michael Vick playing so well off the bench that he resurrected his career and is considered an MVP candidate.

"We thought he might come out for a Wildcat snap or two but we weren't ready for that," Matthews said of Vick's 175 passing yards, 103 rushing yards in that game. "With this game plan that we'll have going in now, I'd have to imagine we'll be spying him a few times. We take into consideration that he can not only beat you with his arm but with his feet. I'm sure Dom will put together a great game plan."

Vick didn't play against Dallas. In fact, the Eagles used only two starters on offense (wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and center Mike McGlynn) and two on defense (previously benched cornerback Dimitri Patterson and linebacker Moise Fokou).

Meanwhile, the Packers are battle-tested after prevailing in must-win games the last two weeks. But those were at home and now they go on the road to face the most electric player in the game and a coach, Andy Reid, that has led four teams to NFC championship games.

"I think it's been a more frustrating year because we haven't played maybe as well as we did at times last year. But it's nice," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "We kind of knew after we lost in New England that we just won our last two and we're in. We played a good Giants team and played excellent on offense and defense. And tonight was a struggle, but it's nice to keep that momentum going. We've won two in a row and we can't have the kind of inconsistent performances we've had this year that have forced us to be a No. 6 seed."


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