CHICAGO —NFL playoff football is back in Chicago, as the Monsters of the Midway play the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon.
Safety Eddie Jackson, who missed the last two weeks with an ankle injury, is back in the lineup, but tight end Trey Burton is out.
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Ahead of the Bears’ first playoff game at Soldier Field in eight years, thousands of fans tailgated outside of the stadium.
Fans were celebrating a victory of sorts before the game even started, after the team completed an incredible worst-to-first turnaround in a spectacular season.
“Today this is my first Bears playoff game and I’m really excited,” said six-year-old fan Jack Lanceman.
Some more seasoned fans say it felt more consequential.
“This is the biggest game in Soldier Field since they re-did this stadium, a completely new front office, new coaching staff, a different identity, this is the time for the Bears,” said Bears fan Dean Sandquist.
Fans could feel the energy from their toes their finger tips, some saying Coach Matt Nagy won games and won over fans by allowing his players show their personalities.
“Nagy’s fantastic, got the Dream Team with Trubisky and Cohen and Mack,” said Bears fan Patti Guzak.
If the Bears win, they will play against the Rams next week in Los Angeles.