Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has been named NFC Special Teams
Player of the Week following the Bears 20-15 win over the Redskins (Dec.
With the Bears trailing Washington 13-10 early in the fourth quarter,
Chicago lined up in field goal formation for an apparent game-tying attempt.
However, Urlacher lined up on the left, went in motion to the right before
breaking downfield and hauling in a 27-yard touchdown pass from
holder/punter Brad Maynard on the fake. The last time the Bears successfully
connected on a fake field goal was November 29, 1998, when Mike Horan
completed an 18-yard pass to Ryan Wetnight versus Tampa Bay.
The honor is Urlacher's second league award of the season and marks the
first time an NFC player has been named Player of the Week in two different
categories since Don Beebe won Offensive and Special Teams Player of the
Week honors in 1996. Urlacher was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week
following his performance against Atlanta (Oct. 7).