The Saints (12-4) march into the postseason as the NFC's 2nd seed, hosting the Bears (8-8) on Sunday afternoon in the second-to-last game of Wild Card weekend. Here's how to keep up with all the action, as kickoff is slated for 3:40 p.m. CT.
Where to Watch: CBS - Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, and Tracy Wolfson (field reporter)
Where to Listen: National Radio (Westwood One) with Kevin Kugler and James Lofton; WWL Radio locally (105.3FM) with Zach Strief, Deuce McAllister, and Steve Geller (sideline reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (CHI), 83 (CHI) | XM: 226 (CHI), 225 (NO), 88 (National)
Jersey Combo: Black jerseys, Black pants
Referee: Alex Kemp
Current Lines: Over/Under (47.5), Saints -10
Last 5 Matchups
- 11/1/20 - Saints 26, Bears 23 (OT)
- 10/20/19 - Saints 36, Bears 25
- 10/29/17 - Saints 20, Bears 12
- 12/15/14 - Saints 31, Bears 15
- 10/6/13 - Saints 26, Bears 18
All-Time Series: Saints lead 17-15, which have included winning the past six matchups and two postseason losses (2006 and 1990 seasons).
The Saints and Bears previously met in Week 8 of the regular season to kick off the month of November. The two had met the previous year, which saw New Orleans come out on top in a dominating performance. This matchup went differently, as it was Nick Foles at the helm for Chicago. The Saints had overcame a 1-2 start to win three straight, and found themselves down early against the Bears 13-3.
Drew Brees hooked up with Jared Cook right before halftime to make it a three-point game, and managed a couple of field goal drives in the third quarter to take a lead. It looked like the Saints were going to close things out after increasing their lead to 23-13 after Brees hit Taysom Hill for a 20-yard touchdown. However, Chicago battled back and ended up tying things up with 13 seconds left in the game.
Heading into overtime, both teams had an opportunity with the football in the extra frame, as New Orleans had the first crack. The Saints defense came up big to force a Bears punt, and Brees had key hookups to Tre'Quan Smith and a big run by Alvin Kamara to set up the eventual game-winning 35-yard Wil Lutz field goal.
Things to watch: How New Orleans comes out to start this game is very important. The big trio is reunited for the Saints, as Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Drew Brees will all be on the same field for the first time in a long time. This team is as close to 100 percent as humanly possible, and it should show up in a big way. As long as they don't come out flat and let the Bears capture early momentum, this should be a game the Saints win convincingly. Of course, we've seen this team be in the same situation before and fail to deliver.
Catch up on some of our Bears-Saints coverage from the week...
- Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara Among Those Activated to Saints Roster
- Drew Brees, Saints Looking to Make One Last Run
- Saints Activate C.J. Gardner-Johnson from COVID-19 List
- Wild Card Weekend: Saints Final Injury Report
- Saints Pass Offense vs. Bears Pass Defense
- Saints Run Offense vs. Bears Run Defense
- Saints Pass Defense vs. Bears Pass Offense
- Saints Run Defense vs. Bears Run Offense
- Key Matchups to Watch in NFC Wild Card Game
- 3 Things to Watch in the 2021 NFC Wild Card Game
- Alvin Kamara: "See Y'all Sunday"
- First Look: Bears vs. Saints
- Saints All-Time Wild Card Games