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Packers, Bears are good -- and lucky

NFC finalists conquered all obstacles to get this far; they also got some breaks

Originally Published: January 21, 2011
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

As close as the Packers and Bears are to Super Bowl XLV, they were just as close to being done.

Think about it: If the Giants had held on to a 31-10 lead against the Eagles on Dec. 19, and the Eagles had won one of their last two home games against the Vikings and Cowboys that would have taken on added importance with a loss against New York, then Green Bay would not be in Chicago for Sunday's NFC Championship Game. It would be home. Done. Eliminated from the playoffs before they even began.

So ...

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