Locker Room Chat: Bears Players

With a dominating 21-3 lead at halftime, the Bears looked like they were on their way to a blowout win over the Buccaneers. But a furious second-half comeback provided the Monsters of the Midway with plenty of tough questions to answer. Several players were talking to reporters in the locker room after the game, and Bear Report was there to hear what they had to say.

Quarterback Rex Grossman
On the catch by Rashied Davis in overtime:
"That was a great catch. It was cover-one because it was man-to-man, so it was just him and Ronde Barber basically with the whole field. And I wanted to put it to the outside where he could go up and make a play on it, and he did that. And it put us in a position for the field goal to win."

On where the team is at this point in the season:
"I'm extremely proud of this team. We hung in there and really battled through a lot of tough games this year and also blew some people out this year, as well. And to now have home-field advantage where everyone in the NFC has to come through Chicago is a huge advantage."

On his strong play the past two weeks:
"I feel comfortable out there in the pocket, confident with the game plan and the reads, and confident with my approach. And hopefully, I can just continue that and stay on that level."

Defensive tackle Ian Scott
On securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs:
"That's huge. You get a comfort level just playing at home, and you know where everything's at. You got the same routine, so that will be big. We have to play at Detroit next week, finish up here against Green Bay, and hopefully we can finish up on a high note and build some momentum going into the playoffs."

Tight end Desmond Clark
On his involvement in the game plan versus Tampa Bay:
"I think Ron [Turner] just made it a point to get me the ball this week. From week-to-week, you never know what the tight end position is going to have to do out on the football field. This week, it was catching passes and trying to do some things in the pass game."

On earning home-field advantage in the NFC:
"It's big. That's what we set out to do. That was one of our goals, and we needed a little help today, and we got that. I'm not sure everyone knew that New Orleans lost today, and we just had to do our part. And now everyone has to come to Chicago if they want a piece of the championship, so were in a good position. We made the easiest road we could make for ourselves, and now we just got to drive down that road."

Defensive end Alex Brown
On clinching home-field advantage for the playoffs:
"It feels good. This was an early goal that we set at the beginning of the year. We were fortunate to accomplish that goal, so it's good."

On the play of some of the defensive line back-ups:
"They have been full-time players at some point in time, so it was just a matter of getting in it and re-establishing themselves. I thought they did a good job. Ian Scott got his hand on some balls out there and made some really good plays. He recovered a ball on a fumble and made some tackles in the backfield. He did a great job, and [Alfonso] Boone's been doing very well for a long time, too."

On Tampa Bay's comeback in the second half:
"There is no easy win in the NFL. But they came ready to play and never gave up. You've got to give them all the credit in the world, but it's tough to win. They are a pretty good team, and they make plays. We've got to go out and play well every week or we could lose."

On whether he is concerned about the defense:
"We're getting to the point in the season where all that matters is if you win. Once we make the playoffs, who cares how many points we give up as long as we win. We're concerned about some things, but it's easier to correct things when you win."

Wide receiver Rashied Davis
On his game-changing catch in overtime:
"Making any catch is big, but to make a catch to set up to win a game is much more fun than getting some five-yard outs."

On whether the play was designed to go his way:
"Maybe it was. I just tried to stay ready and make a play out there. They had single coverage on me so I tried to beat them in the press and get open."

Linebacker Brian Urlacher
On clinching home-field for the playoffs:
"We got it done. In the second half, we didn't play our best football, but the offense got it done when they had to. We got the win, and that's all that matters."

On whether he is concerned about the defense:
"I'm tired of worrying about yards and points. I'm worried about winning. That's the number one goal for me. We've won three in a row now and are getting on another good stretch. That's really the bottom line for us. We won." On if the Tank Johnson situation affected his preparation:
"No, the last few days haven't been tough. My thoughts and prayers, just like everyone's on this team, are with Tank. I'm sure it's been tough on him."

Kicker Robbie Gould
On how it feels to miss then make a field goal to win the game:
"It's pretty obvious. You feel bad that you've let your teammates down when you miss and feel great when you make them. The biggest thing is I've got to go out there and get in a rhythm. I kicked great today. I had one bad kick, but that one bad kick can cost you a game."

On the eventual outcome of the game:
"It's great to get a win and for me personally to get a second chance. My teammates played great. Brad Maynard started it off with a great punt. The defense got a stop. Rashied made a great catch. The offensive line did a great job. We played great, and I'm just glad I got a second opportunity."

JC

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