Aaron Rodgers is the hottest quarterback left in the playoffs with six TDs, no INTs and a 78-percent completion rate, but he hasn't faced a defense this postseason as formidable as the Bears. Rodgers has thrown for 545 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions vs. the Bears in two games this season.
Tackles Chad Clifton and Bryan Bulaga have had good postseasons in the running and passing games, with Bulaga, at right tackle, coming off a dominant game against Atlanta. The line has allowed four playoff sacks, and it's held up well vs. Chicago this season.
Mike McCarthy has come up with ruthless game plans on offense, but Chicago has been one of the few teams to limit Green Bay from getting into a rhythm. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers will certainly break out some packages the Bears haven't seen, but they'll only work if the run game can be limited.
Green Bay was 3-5 on the road entering the playoffs, having lost at Chicago early in the season. The Packers are now 5-5 on the road. They are playing at a higher level than any team in the postseason and have the most dangerous quarterback to boot.
Is this the game when Jay Cutler turns into a turnover machine? Green Bay sacked him nine times -- six in the season finale -- and picked him off three times this season. He continues to do enough to win games, though, but he has to remain upright.
At some point, this group has to get its due. Tight end Greg Olsen and receiver Johnny Knox have to be accounted for, as does Forte. They function well as a group, but Knox and Olsen are the most reliable threats and they've played well vs. Green Bay.
Right tackle J'Marcus Webb is going to be tested in the running and passing games, and he has to be at his best. The entire unit does. The Packers sacked Cutler six times in Week 17 and Cutler was taken down three times by Seattle in the divisional round.
Ends Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije haven't had much luck getting to Rodgers, and they will have to be disciplined in their rush lanes because of his evasiveness. Peppers and defensive tackle Tommie Harris need to be dominant against the run -- again.
Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has the front playing at a dominant level, and head coach Lovie Smith's defensive schemes have worked. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz has to be patient against this defense because Green Bay has crushed teams when they go for the big strike.
Chicago seems to be finding a way and, despite some of its shortcomings on offense, that's all that matters. The defense has to continue to dominate and get Rodgers to the ground. The familiarity with Green Bay and playing at home is huge. The Bears fear nothing about Green Bay.