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Here is what some of the Bears had to say about the game.  Head over to PackerNews if you also want to see what the Pack had to say.


Bears' Coach Lovie Smith

On the turnovers created by the Bears: "The turnovers were big. (Safety) Chris Harris had two interceptions. I like the way that the defense finished the game at the end there because Green Bay had a little momentum going. It is tough to win on the road at anytime, especially when you are playing against a team like Green Bay with Brett Favre quarterbacking."

On his team's first-half offensive success: "That is what a team is all about right there. You never know what group will have to step up on any given Sunday. It was great to see the offense do that. It was good to see the defense finish the job at the end. It was a great team effort, a great team win."

On whether he has been surprised by the Packers' disappointing season: "I thought they have fought back hard. I thought Mike Sherman did a great job of bringing his team back. They are out of the playoffs, and look at the way they played today. I thought their coaching staff did a great job, and I thought their players fought until the end."

Bears' quarterback Rex Grossman

On the key to winning the division: "I think the big thing is how well our defense played. We are ranked first in almost every category, and anytime you have a great defense like that, that dominates the other team, it gives you a chance to win, no matter what you do on offense. When you add in a top-10 running game in the NFL, it gets a lot of wins."

On the Bears' downfield passing attack: "That was our game plan going in. We saw on tape that their safeties come down low for run support, and we just used Bernard's (Berrian) speed and our protection to get a couple of plays downfield."

On whether he felt rusty in his first start of the season: "Obviously, I think I would have been further along if I had played the whole season, but it is what it is, and I went out there and tried to do my best."

Bears' linebacker Lance Briggs

On his 10-yard interception return for a touchdown: "It was a Cover 1, a simple defense. I stayed outside leverage as the fullback went to the flat. I didn't think he was going to throw it. He threw it, and I went and grabbed it and scored."

On what it means to clinch the division in Green Bay: "It was big. This is Green Bay. I don't think I really need to say the magnitude of winning in Green Bay and clinching our division in Green Bay. This is the Packers, our biggest rival."

Bears' free safety Chris Harris

On his performance, which included two interceptions and a big hit on Packers receiver Donald Driver: "It was an up-and-down day for me. I had some missed tackles. I have to get back to practice and work on technique."