They Said It: Bears Postgame

Following a 37-34 victory over Denver at Soldier Field on Sunday, the defending NFC champions are right back in the thick of the playoff picture again. Head coach Lovie Smith and several Bears players addressed the media after the game, and Bear Report was there to hear what they had to say.

Head coach Lovie Smith
On the status of Cedric Benson's injury:
"Whenever you don't finish a game, that's not good. But he does have a pretty good ankle injury."

On the blocked punt by Charles Tillman:
"That was a good set-up play by [special teams coach] David Toub and [assistant special teams coach] Kevin O'Dea to get Denver to think we were confused, but all along of course Charles was going to blitz. Again, that was a good play and a good execution by our punt [return] team."

On the team's confidence in Adrian Peterson:
"We have confidence in him. He's a good football player. Whenever we call on him whether it was because of an injury or whatever, he's always stepped up to the plate. We feel very confident with him and Garrett Wolfe also. Garrett of course gives us a different dimension, and we feel very confident about both guys."

On Bernard Berrian's game-tying touchdown catch:
"Whenever it's a play like that, we look at the board like everyone else. Upstairs, we're doing it. There wasn't a whole lot that we could do at that time. We were saying a lot of prayers, and thank God they came through."

QB Rex Grossman
On the game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter:
"That last drive, we executed really well. The line did a good job of giving us time. [The Broncos] we're in a coverage that they were playing mostly on third down throughout the whole game, where they played man underneath with safety help. There's not a ton of plays that would work against that, but we saw it all game long and had a package of plays ready to attack it. We we're able to add a few runs in there and they kind stayed in the same defense, especially when we were completing passes and it allowed us to run the ball a little bit. Sometimes when you get a head-of-steam, it's hard to be stopped. Momentum is a crazy thing."

On the mindset of being down with five minutes to play:
"You're in a situation where you're down 14, [and] you've got to score pretty quickly. Obviously when special teams blocks a punt, it puts you in good field position which allows you to get some points on the board. And then you feel like you have a fighting chance. That was a huge play in the game."

RB Adrian Peterson
On the play of the offensive line and his determination on his touchdown run:
"The guys on the 0-line did a great job for me. As a tailback, you always say that if you see four yards you should always get six. So once they get me the four, I try to grind it out and fall forward for another two."

WR Bernard Berrian
On his game-tying touchdown reception:
"We knew we could get them on it. Earlier, we saw it in film. He didn't bite on it the first time we tried to get him. He bit that time a little bit. Rex couldn't actually throw to where he wanted to, so he just gave me a back-shoulder throw to make the play on it."

On what this win means to the team:
"The season is do-or-die here. Basically, what it comes down to [is] we know we've just got to make plays however we can get them. We just go out there and make them."

TE Greg Olsen
On the team's ability to make a comeback:
"We've been in that situation a couple times this year, and every single time we've come back. We lost to Minnesota where we we're down, but we still came back against a tough deficit. We had the game-winning drive against Philly, and that's something this team has is that never-say-die attitude. And it was kind of echoed today."

TE Desmond Clark
On the momentum shifts throughout the game:
"We had momentum established with the kick return, but they were able to take it back. We had our backs up against the wall and we just had to react, come in and make plays, and try to keep the season going. And that's what we did."

On why the Broncos were kicking the ball to Devin Hester:

WR Devin Hester
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"I was asking them that all game. Pride can kill you sometimes, and in this case it did. You have the best return man in the game, and possibly in history, and you keep kicking him the ball and giving him that many opportunities to make a play. Ii backfired on them."

On what the Broncos were doing to stop the Bears offense:
"They were playing good football on the defensive side. And when it comes to the offensive side, you have to tip your hat. They played hard, and they were able to stop us throughout most of the game. Like I said, we had our backs against the wall, and we were looking at our season possibly being over. We were able to dig deep and make a couple of key plays at the end of the game. That punt block was huge, and Devin's returns were huge. We were able to reach deep, make a couple of plays, and keep the game alive and win it in overtime.

WR Devin Hester
On the entire special teams unit helping the team to victory:
"It's the unit. It's not just me bringing the team back. It's the [entire] special teams."

On building off the momentum of the kick returns:
"We felt the momentum coming from the first one. We just knew that the opportunity was going to come up, and we had to just step up and make plays."

On if he was surprised that the Broncos kicked to him after he returned the first punt:
"I really wasn't. Sometimes the first time is a fluke, and the second time you get a chance to show what you're really about."

On if he feels like he can make a big play every time he steps on the field:
"Basically, that's my mentality. If a player doesn't have that, then they don't need to be on the field. Every time I'm out there, I feel like I'm going to be the guy that makes a play."

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