Bears vs. Saints: NFC wild-card matchup set for Sunday afternoon
The Bears will meet New Orleans in the playoffs next weekend after sneaking in thanks to the Cardinals’ Week 17 loss.
The Bears clinched their spot in the 2021 NFL postseason despite a 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday afternoon. As the NFC’s seventh seed in the playoff bracket, they’re set to face the second-seeded Saints in the Wild Card Round next Sunday.
The game will kick off at 3:40 p.m. CT at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
This year the NFL altered its postseason format as part of changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven teams made the playoffs in each conference instead of six, while only the top seed in each conference will receive a first-round bye.
The extra spot ended up being crucial for the Bears, who would’ve fallen out without the seventh and final spot.
It wasn’t a guarantee that the Bears were going to make the playoffs entering Week 17. The team needed a win over the Packers or a loss to the Cardinals in order to seal a trip. They got the latter with a beat up Arizona team getting eliminated from contention with a 18-7 loss to the Rams.
This will be the third time in history that the Bears and Saints have met in the playoffs. The Bears won the last two matchups: a 1990 Wild Card Round game and the 2007 NFC Championship.