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  • Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has only 8 sacks this season, but he's capable of taking over the game if the bears put the Packers in obvious passing situations. "He was everything we thought he could be and more," says Brian Urlacher.

      Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has only 8 sacks this season, but he's capable of taking over the game if the bears put the Packers in obvious passing situations. "He was everything we thought he could be and more," says Brian Urlacher.
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  • Running back Matt Forte has averaged 5.8 yards per carry over the final six weeks, which is fifth best in the NFL. Forte also is tied for the team lead with 51 receptions, and his average of 10.7 yards per catch is third among all running backs. "He's done everything," head coach Lovie Smith says.

      Running back Matt Forte has averaged 5.8 yards per carry over the final six weeks, which is fifth best in the NFL. Forte also is tied for the team lead with 51 receptions, and his average of 10.7 yards per catch is third among all running backs. "He's done everything," head coach Lovie Smith says.
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  • Defensive back Charles Tillman's 5 interceptions is tied for the team lead, and he also has 3 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles and 11 pass breakups. Says defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli: "I don't know if there has been anybody ever in this game as good as this guy at how he takes the ball away."

       Defensive back Charles Tillman's 5 interceptions is tied for the team lead, and he also has 3 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles and 11 pass breakups. Says defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli: "I don't know if there has been anybody ever in this game as good as this guy at how he takes the ball away."
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Five times in the last seven games Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has achieved a passer rating above 104. And he's 22-0 as a started when his passer rating is 100.0 or better, including 12-0 as a Bears. "He was outstanding last week, and we need him to play that way again," head coach Lovie Smith says.

      Five times in the last seven games Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has achieved a passer rating above 104. And he's 22-0 as a started when his passer rating is 100.0 or better, including 12-0 as a Bears. "He was outstanding last week, and we need him to play that way again," head coach Lovie Smith says.
    STEVE LUNDY | Staff Photographer

  • Bears kick returner Devin Hester hurt the Packers early in the season on this play, and added a punt return for a 62-yard touchdown. Says teammate Greg Olsen: "It seems like in the bigger games, when we really need him, is when he makes those returns. Certain guys have that knack, and he's one of them."

       Bears kick returner Devin Hester hurt the Packers early in the season on this play, and added a punt return for a 62-yard touchdown. Says teammate Greg Olsen: "It seems like in the bigger games, when we really need him, is when he makes those returns. Certain guys have that knack, and he's one of them."
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • A former walk-on at USC, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was fourth in the NFL this season with 13.5 sacks. He had 6 sacks in the first two games. The Bears will try to control his impact by double-teamming him at times and throwing shorter passes with short drop-backs by quarterback Jay Cutler.

      A former walk-on at USC, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was fourth in the NFL this season with 13.5 sacks. He had 6 sacks in the first two games. The Bears will try to control his impact by double-teamming him at times and throwing shorter passes with short drop-backs by quarterback Jay Cutler.
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  • While the Packers have four wide receivers with 45 catches or more, Greg Jennings is clearly their No. 1 with 76 catches, 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. Says Bears cornerback Charles Tillman: "He's their playmaker, one of their money makers."

      While the Packers have four wide receivers with 45 catches or more, Greg Jennings is clearly their No. 1 with 76 catches, 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. Says Bears cornerback Charles Tillman: "He's their playmaker, one of their money makers."
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  • At age 34, Packers cornerback Charles Woodson is still making big plays, such as this sack of quarterback Jay Cutler in Green Bay's 10-3 win on Jan. 2. Says Bears TE Greg Olsen: "He's done it for a long time. He can play corner, he can play nickel, and he's almost like a linebacker at times."

      At age 34, Packers cornerback Charles Woodson is still making big plays, such as this sack of quarterback Jay Cutler in Green Bay's 10-3 win on Jan. 2. Says Bears TE Greg Olsen: "He's done it for a long time. He can play corner, he can play nickel, and he's almost like a linebacker at times."
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  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has the highest career passer rating in NFL history and he led the NFC with a 101.2 mark this season. In three playoff starts, he's been even better (129.4 average). Says Packers coach Mike McCarthy: "He's in a great rhythm right now. He's playing the best football of his career."

      Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has the highest career passer rating in NFL history and he led the NFC with a 101.2 mark this season. In three playoff starts, he's been even better (129.4 average). Says Packers coach Mike McCarthy: "He's in a great rhythm right now. He's playing the best football of his career."
    STEVE LUNDY | Staff Photographer

  • Green Bay Packers' B.J. Raji (90) sacks Jay Cutler during the Bears's 10-3 loss to the Packers on Jan. 2 in Green Bay. Raji is a force in the middle of Green Bay's 3-4 defense, and he'll play fullback on the goal line. Says Bears head coach Lovie Smith: "He's a solid run guy, a hard guy to move."

      Green Bay Packers' B.J. Raji (90) sacks Jay Cutler during the Bears's 10-3 loss to the Packers on Jan. 2 in Green Bay. Raji is a force in the middle of Green Bay's 3-4 defense, and he'll play fullback on the goal line. Says Bears head coach Lovie Smith: "He's a solid run guy, a hard guy to move."
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