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Picking the Bears-Packers Game

PEORIA - For football fans, it doesn't get much bigger than this. Bears and Packers are playing for the division title.
PEORIA - For football fans, it doesn't get much bigger than this. Bears and Packers are playing for the division title. The loser spends the winter wondering about what could have been.

The Friday buffet at Double A's Pizza Pub is one of the busiest days of the week for cooks like Ezra McIntosh.

But come Sunday, he's expecting the place to be packed for the winner take all NFC North showdown.

"It's going to be all hands on deck in the kitchen. Everybody's going to be working and we're going to be working hard," said McIntosh.

"Staff's probably more Bears fans than anything else. We do have a few Packers fans running around, a few cheese-heads in the building. It's a good rivalry between them as well," said owner Aaron Smith.

Despite falling short against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon, the Pack got new life after the Bears fell to Philadelphia.

"You can hang your head, but these guys are professionals and hopefully they put that behind them and still understand that if they win this game, they're in the playoffs," said Antonio Johnson of Peoria. .

"They got whooped pretty bad," said Toby Thomas of Peoria. "But in the NFL, anything can happen on any given night, and they just have to worry about the Packers."

Plus, there’s the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who's missed the past seven games with a broken collarbone.

“I think the Packers are going to win, but I am kind of nervous about him coming back, since the Bears are the ones who injured him before," said Melissa Miller.

"All along, I thought he was going to play. He wanted to play, and he's too good of a player and this is for everything. So, you knew he was going to be there," said Jerry Sank of Peoria.

And with a win, weeks of misery can be forgotten and a playoff run begins. Either way, it's a win for business.

You can catch the game at 3:25 CST on Fox 43.

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