Locker Room Chat: Bears Players

For a team with very little winning playoff experience, the Bears played like poised veterans in the fourth quarter against Seattle. The offense made a few key plays, the defense made a few big stops, and Robbie Gould delivered in the clutch. 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 Robbie Gould's game-winning kick in overtime:
"I didn't want to watch it. I didn't see the hold or anything. I was just waiting around, and I saw the ball in the air. And I kept following the ball, and it was unbelievable. What a great ending. I'm excited for Robbie, a clutch kicker, and the whole team just played great."

On the play of the offense in general:
"The most important thing is we won. I don't care how we do it, I really don't. This is an unbelievable situation we are in now. We're in the NFC Championship, and we win one game, we're in the Super Bowl. Two wins away from having a ring on my finger for the rest of my life. We are excited to be moving forward and are already worrying about the Saints."

On how he felt he played against Seattle:
"In every game, you're not going to play perfect. There were several situations where I wish I would've had a few plays back, but for the most part, I'm pleased with my performance because the bottom line is we won."

Linebacker Brian Urlacher
On beating Seattle on Sunday:
"It's exciting. We didn't play good the whole game. We played good enough to win. It's like a monkey off our back to get this win. Rex stepped up today. It was a good team effort for us."

On the back-and-forth nature of the game:
"It's the playoffs. They're a good team. We knew that coming in. They have good personnel, but we made a couple plays when we had to. Lance's (Briggs) play on the 4th-and-1 was huge."

On the sack by Tank Johnson in the fourth quarter:
"We know what Tank is as a football player. He is a great player. It was a big play. Like I said, we made them when we had to."

On Robbie Gould's game-winning field goal:
"That was a big kick. Bad field, 49 yards, windy - that's why he's first-team All-Pro."

Wide receiver Rashied Davis
On his 30-yard catch on 3rd-and-10 that set up the field goal:
"I just want to thank God and my coaches for giving me the opportunity to play. I want to thank my wife and mom. I just try to catch the ball whenever it's thrown my way. I thought the pattern was open all game. Rex was waiting for a big play to come my way, and I'm just elated about it. This is unreal for me."

On his confidence in Rex Grossman:
"We never lost confidence, and that's all that matters to us in this room. It doesn't matter what other teams and other people may think about us. It's about us in this locker room."

Running back Cedric Benson
On whether he expected such a close game with Seattle:
"Without a doubt. I wouldn't have wanted it to be any other way. This game, it helps your team grow, says a lot about your team, and makes it easier to go into the next game ready for New Orleans."

On the play of quarterback Rex Grossman:
"He did great. He was very composed in there, and he handled it like a professional quarterback - making good reads, dropping the ball off. He was on his point. He was on his keys, and he played very good today."

Defensive tackle Tank Johnson
On the effect of winning a close game:
"It's huge. It's a game that we needed to be able to pull out because it shows that we can actually go down to the wire with the best of them. It's great to be in the NFC Championship in Chicago next week."

Offensive guard Ruben Brown
On the decision to go for it on fourth down in the second quarter:
"It was a timely play. This is what the playoffs are. You call a play to catch them off guard if you can, and if you can't, you just try to get as many yards as you can. And that's what it is. At this point in time of the season, pretty much everybody in the NFL knows everybody. We know what's going to happen."


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