One team wants the No. 1 seed in the NFC, while the other just wants make the playoffs.
The favored Green Bay Packers (12-3) enter Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears (8-7) riding a five-game winning streak and having already clinched their second consecutive NFC North title.
Beat the Bears at Soldier Field, and the Packers earn the first-round bye over the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints.
The Bears control their own playoff destiny. If Chicago beats Green Bay, the Bears will make the postseason for the first time since 2018.
If Chicago loses to Green Bay, the Bears can still clinch a playoff spot if the Los Angeles Rams, who will be without QB Jared Goff and WR Cooper Kupp, beat the Arizona Cardinals.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky has performed better in the five games since his Week 3 benching, and the Bears have overcome a six-game losing streak to win consecutive games against Houston, Minnesota and Jacksonville. The Bears also have scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since 1965.
But Chicago has not fared well in the NFL's oldest rivalry in recent years — with Green Bay winning 18 of the past 21 matchups against Chicago, including postseason games.
The Packers' latest victory in the series came on Nov. 29 at Lambeau Field, a 41-25 win that started Green Bay's current five-game winning streak.
The Packers will be without left tackle David Bakhtiari, who is out for the rest of the season and the playoffs to a knee injury that they fear is a torn ACL
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) gets pressure from Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (55) during their game on Nov. 29, 2020. (Photo: Wm. Glasheen, USA TODAY NETWORK)
Here's everything you need to know for Sunday:
What time does Packers vs. Bears start?
The game kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 3.
What TV channel is Packers vs. Bears on?
The game will be aired on Fox.
How can I watch Packers vs. Bears online via live stream?
Fans can watch the game via live stream on NFL RedZone or fuboTV.
What are the odds for Packers vs. Bears?
According to BetMGM, the line is Packers -4.5 and the over/under is at 47.5.
Where can I find score updates for Packers vs. Bears?
USA TODAY Sports will have all the latest on the game in our box scores.
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