NFL PREVIEW: CHICAGO BEARS (8-8) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-4)

WILD CARD // SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2021 // 4:40 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

PLAYOFF HISTORY:

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 2-0

STREAKS: Bears have won past 2

LAST GAME: 1/21/07: Saints 14 at Bears 39

LAST GAME AT SITE: First postseason game at site

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 17-13

STREAKS: Saints have won past 6

LAST GAME: 11/1/20: Saints 26 at Bears 23 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/29/17: Saints 20, Bears 12

PLAYOFF RECORD:

BEARS: 17-19

SAINTS: 9-12

OFFENSE PPG:

BEARS: 23.3

SAINTS: 30.1

DEFENSE PPG:

BEARS: 23.1

SAINTS: 21.1

TOTAL OFFENSE:

BEARS: 331.4

SAINTS: 376.4

BEARS NOTES:

BEARS clinched playoff berth for 2nd time in past 3 seasons (2018). • MATT NAGY makes 2nd postseason appearance as Chi. HC. • CHICAGO had 2 players selected to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: LB KHALIL MACK & RS CORDARRELLE PATTERSON. • BEARS rank tied for 6th in NFL with 31.2 points per game since Week 13 & have scored 25+ points in 5 of their past 6. • CHICAGO went 6-3 in games started by QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY in 2020.

QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY passed for 303 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 89.6 rating in only career postseason start (1/6/19 – NFC-W vs. Phi.). Passed for 251 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 86.3 rating in his last start vs. NO (10/20/19). Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 95+ rating. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY ranked 5th in NFL with career-high 1,508 scrimmage yards (1,070 rush, 438 rec.) & had career-high 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in 2020. Is 5th RB in Chi. franchise history with 1,500+ scrimmage yards & 10+ TDs in single season. Was 1 of 3 RBs (DALVIN COOK & DERRICK HENRY) with 7+ games (7) of 110+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with career-high 102 receptions & had 1,250 rec. yards, his 3rd-career 1,000+ yard season. Had 10 receptions for 143 yards & TD catch in only postseason game (1/6/19 – NFC-W vs. Phi.). Had 6 receptions for 87 yards & rec. TD in Week 8 meeting. WR DARNELL MOONEY ranked 5th among rookies with 61 receptions. TE JIMMY GRAHAM ranked 2nd among NFC TEs with 8 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 386 receptions for 4,752 rec. yards & 51 TDs in 5 seasons (2010-14) with NO. • LB KHALIL MACK led team with 9 sacks. Is 1 of 2 (AARON DONALD) with 8+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. Has 3 TFL in 2 career postseason games. Had sack & FF in Week 8 meeting. LB ROQUAN SMITH had career-high 139 tackles & ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high 18 TFL. Had INT in only career playoff game (1/6/19 – NFC-W vs. Phi.). Had 11 tackles, 2 TFL & PD in Week 8 meeting. LB DANNY TREVATHAN had 4th-career season with 100+ tackles (112). S EDDIE JACKSON had FF in Week 8 meeting.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DREW BREES has 4,967 pass yards (310.4 per game) & 34 TDs vs. 12 INTs for 99.6 rating in 16 career postseason starts. Passed for 280 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.8 rating in Week 8 meeting. Had 14 TDs (12 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 100.8 rating in 7 home starts this season. • RB ALVIN KAMARA led NFL with 21 TDs (16 rush, 5 rec.) & ranked 3rd in scrimmage yards (1,688). Led all RBs with career-high 83 receptions. Had 9 receptions & 163 scrimmage yards (96 rec., 67 rush) in Week 8 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his last 4 postseason games. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 5+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 38 receptions for 493 yards (98.6 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 5 career postseason games. Had 9 receptions for 131 yards in his last game vs. Chi. (10/20/19). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 11 receptions for 98 yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Chi. (9/15/19 w/ Den.). Is 1 of 3 WRs (T.Y. HILTON & JULIO JONES) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. TE JARED COOK has 22 rec. TDs since 2018, 2nd-most among TEs. • DE CAMERON JORDAN is only player with 7+ sacks in each of past 9 seasons. Has 5.5 sacks, 8 TFL & 4 PD in 9 career postseason games. Aims for his 3rd in row in postseason & 3rd in row vs. Chi. with sack. DE TREY HENDRICKSON tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 13.5 sacks. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 3 PD, 2 TFL & INT in 3 career postseason games. Was 1 of 5 LBs with 100+ tackles (119) & 10+ TFL (10) in 2020.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime Video (4:40 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton SIRIUS: 82 (Chi), 83 (NO) | XM: 226 (Chi), 225 (NO), 88 (National)