Throughout a memorable first season as Bears coach, Matt Nagy has credited the team's passionate fans with creating a true home-field advantage at Soldier Field.
With the NFC North champions preparing to host the Eagles in a first-round playoff game Sunday, Nagy is hoping for more of the same thunderous noise from the crowd.
"This is where it gets real," Nagy said. "It's exciting to have one at home, and again I'm just going to let everybody know here in Chicago how important it is to get those fans to be as crazy as they've ever been—and I can't wait for it. It's going to be a fun day at Soldier Field. It's my challenge to them and I know that they'll accept it with open arms and get ready to rock and roll."
The Bears went 7-1 at Soldier Field this season, losing only to the Patriots. It's their best home record since they also went 7-1 in 2005 and the first time they've defeated all three of their NFC North opponents in Chicago since 2010. The Bears won their division with an 11-5 record in both 2005 and 2010.
"Our fans have been great all year," said cornerback Prince Amukamara. "I feel like they've been the loudest, compared to everywhere we've went. Just the type of success we've been having during this season, I feel like that's helped them get even much louder. We're going to need them Sunday."