Justin Fields embraces rivalry: ‘It means a lot to us’

Bears coach Matt Eberflus has intentionally tried to not hype up Sunday’s game against the rival Packers.

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Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs with the ball during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field on Sunday. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs with the ball during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field on Sunday. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

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Bears head coach Matt Eberflus has intentionally tried to not hype up Sunday’s game against the rival Packers. Quarterback Justin Fields, though, said the obvious: it’s no ordinary game.

“It means a lot,” Fields said Wednesday. “Of course I wanna win every game that I play. But it’s just the tradition with this rivalry, it means a lot to us as a team, to the fan base, to the people upstairs.”

In two games against the Packers last season, Fields went 34-for-60 for 398 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He was sacked six times. Fields ran 15 times for 117 yards.

The Bears lost the two games by a combined 25 points. They fell by 15 at a raucous Lambeau Field on Dec. 12.

“Just the atmosphere, the environment, it was awesome ...” Fields said. “Of course it’s going to be loud there.”

Eberflus has been trying to downplay the rivalry—at least publicly. Wednesday, he said that the Packers never came up during his job interview with the McCaskeys.

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