Originally written November 18, 2012 on Football Nation:
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Who knew what this Monday night matchup would be prior to week one. The possibilities exploded off the schedule until quarterback concussions and injuries occurred quicker than a Tony Romo interception. With Jake Cutler down and Alex Smith hoping for game-time medical approval, this game has definitely lost its luster. However, it remains larger than the injury reports. Six weeks remain after this one; just enough time to snatch the top seed in the NFC from the current top bird in Atlanta. For the loser of this game, a tougher battle to win a division with the second place squad hot on the heels.Chicago and San Francisco are closely matched. Neither average more than 200 yards in the air, nor less than 100 yards on the ground. They have prolific defenses while the Bears are sexier. This year's version of Monster's of the Midway lead the league in defensive touchdowns, interceptions and second behind the Patriots in forced fumbles. Each team has faced teams struggling to find...
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