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Aaron Rodgers offers up curious framing of Packers’ Week 17 showdown vs. rival Bears

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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers can wrap up the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win over archrivals Chicago Bears on Sunday. Chicago, meanwhile, can clinch a Wild Card spot with a win.

However, a loss would see the Bears relying on a depleted Los Angeles Rams team to defeat the Arizona Cardinals in order to make the playoffs.

Clearly, the Bears are the more desperate team. They also have quite a bit to prove after the Packers manhandled them in the first meeting between the two teams in Week 12.

Only, Rodgers sees things differently. He had a rather curious way of painting the narrative for the latest installment in the storied rivalry:

“This is big Chicago against little Green Bay,” the Packers QB said regarding the Week 17 matchup, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Aaron Rodgers clearly meant the Bears represent the big and bustling Windy City, while the Packers represent small-town Wisconsin. But… yeah, this isn’t it.

The Packers have led the division practically from wire-to-wire, with Rodgers playing at an MVP level and the secondary keeping opposing passing games in check.

Chicago, on the other hand, has gone through multiple quarterback changes while dealing with a number of injuries on the offensive line. The Bears have had to win each of their last three games just for a fighting chance at making the playoffs.

Then again, Rodgers has carried himself with an underdog mentality pretty much since he slipped to the end of the first round in the 2005 draft. To A-Rod’s credit, that mindset has served him pretty darn well.