Urlacher honored

In a dismal year <!--Default NodeId For Brian Urlacher is 292252,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292252]>Brian Urlacher</A> continues to the Bears hope for a bright future. The middle linebacker was honored twice over the weekend.

Urlacher received the starting nod in the Pro Bowl and was also named to the AP All-Pro team for the second straight year.

The AFC had 15 All-Pros and the NFC had 11.

Olin Kreutz will also start at center for the NFC squad on Feb. 2, while wide receiver Marty Booker will play behind Terrell Owens and Joe Horn.

Urlacher, who was the leading fan vote getter among defensive players, is the first Chicago Bears player to be voted to the Pro Bowl following each of his first three seasons since Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers in 1965-67.

The NFC North sent only one representative to the postseason in the Green Bay Packers and they played much like the rest of the division during the regular season.

An embarrassing 27-7 loss to the Falcons left fans booing and snapped the Packers playoff unbeaten streak at Lambeau Field at 13 games.

Brett Favre threw two interceptions and fumbled twice as Michael Vick and company ran all over Green Bay.

Although, Favre said he isn't going to retire the quarterback did show a chink in the armor. He has now turned the ball over ten times in his last two playoff games dating back to last year's defeat by the Rams.

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