WHEN: Sunday, 7:15 CT
WHERE: Soldier Field, Chicago
TV: NBC, Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer
SERIES: The road team has won 12 of the last 16 games in the storied rivalry.
2006 RANKINGS: Packers: offense 9th (23rd rush, 8th pass); defense 13th (14th rush, 17th pass). Bears: offense 13th (15th rush, 13th pass); defense 5th (6th rush, 9th pass)
PREDICTION: Bears 23-17
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Packers still have a chance to reach the postseason with a victory, but a slim chance after the New York Giants beat the Washington Redskins Saturday night. That could go a long way toward determining the tempo of the game, with the Bears going with their starters but likely to rest anyone who is questionable.
RBs Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson have been splitting carries for the past month, but the Packers are most vulnerable through the air. Chicago wants to see QB Rex Grossman be efficient, with backup Brian Griese expected to see action in the second half. The Bears hope the return of CB Charles Tillman solidifies their own secondary and leads to a few turnovers from Packers QB Brett Favre. Green Bay would like to find more balance than it has in recent games, and will attack Chicago's shaky run defense even with the Bears getting DT Tank Johnson back in the lineup.
Packers: A win would be Favre's 147th, tying him with John Elway for second-most all-time by a quarterback behind Dan Marino's 148. ... RB Ahman Green needs 12 yards for his sixth 1,000-yard season.
Bears: Have clinched home-field advantage. ... DE Mark Anderson leads all NFL rookies with 12.0 sacks. ... Lovie Smith is first Bears coach to lead team to consecutive division titles since Mike Ditka.