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NFC Championship Game Odds: Bears Open As Home Underdog To Packers

Apparently, an impressive performance against the NFL's only sub-.500 playoff team wasn't enough to get the Bears favored against the Packers in next week's NFC Championship Game.

ESPN Chicago notes that odds for the NFC Championship Game were actually released during the Bears' 35-24 win over the Seahawks by Jay Kornegay of the Las Vegas Hilton, and that those odds have the Packers as three-point favorites or better.

Kornegay set the line at Packers -3 shortly after the Bears went into halftime up 21-0. Chicago wound up winning 35-24 in a game that lacked the requisite playoff drama.

The Hilton isn't alone in installing the Packers as the favorites to prevail over their NFC North rivals and reach this year's Super Bowl. We can see that 5Dimes.com has also made the Packers three-point favorites.

The Packers have been favored in both previous meetings against the Bears this season. They were favored by three at Soldier Field in September, and favored by 11 in the last week of the regular season at Lambeau Field. In both cases, the Packers failed to cover.