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PACKERS' win draws huge ratings

NEW YORK — The Packers' win over the Eagles on Sunday earned the highest TV rating for a wild-card game in 12 years.

Fox said Monday that it drew a 22.1 rating and 37 share, the best since Packers-49ers during the 1998 season. The 39.3 million viewers Sunday were the most ever for a wild-card game.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

Bears: The team signed WR Onrea Jones and DT Tank Tyler to reserve/future contracts. A third-round pick out of North Carolina State by Kansas City in 2007, Tyler has 79 tackles in 43 appearances and 19 starts with the Chiefs and Panthers. Jones was an undrafted free agent of the Texans in 2007 out of Hampton College. He has spent time with the Texans, Chargers, Packers, Colts, Redskins and Cardinals, mostly on practice squads

Seahawks: Before its wild-card upset of the Saints, the team's most complete game was in a Week 6 win at Chicago. So there is a feeling of comfort about returning to Chicago for Sunday's division playoff. While they are decided underdogs again, Seattle knows it can win at Soldier Field. "Here we are and to have a second-round playoff opportunity is really exciting, and that's what we care about right now," QB Matt Hasselbeck said. In injury news, coach Pete Carroll is hopeful LB Lofa Tatupu (concussion) and WR Ben Obomanu (dislocated right shoulder) can practice by the end of the week.

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NFC playoff notebook 01/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 9:34pm]
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