We went over the rosters of the teams participating in wild-card weekend to find players with ties to the Bears. We'll wrap up ex-Bears in the postseason here with a look at the players from the teams who had a first-round bye. Here is a look at the players from the teams that advanced from the wild-card round.
Chris Harris. Twenty-nine of the Panthers' 53 players have never played in the postseason and Harris is one of the few with Super Bowl experience from his days with the Bears. The hard hitter has flourished in Carolina and punished his former team with a forced fumble in their Week 2 meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Adam Archuleta? Harris? Who would you rather have?
Muhsin Muhammad. The Inside the Bears staff was re-watching the regular-season meeting between Arizona and Carolina on Thursday, thank you NFL Network, and couldn't help but notice an uncovered Moose drop a touchdown in the end zone. It didn't cost the Panthers, who rallied from a 17-3 deficit to win the game. Muhammad's 65 receptions, 923 yards and five touchdowns would have been tops for the Bears and he was a complementary player to Steve Smith. The Bears got rid of Muhammad but they didn't replace him. They didn't come close.
Dante Wesley. Against the Cardinals' high-powered passing game, Wesley could see some time on defense. He's been a special teams standout for the Panthers, just like he was there before he came to the Bears and filled the same role.
Justin Gage. Injuries kept the fifth-round pick from 2003 out of four games or he would have been the Titans' leading wideout. Still, he's Kerry Collins' most consistent downfield threat. Gage averaged 19.1 yards per catch (34 receptions) and had a team-high six touchdowns.
New York Giants
R.W. McQuarters. His contributions could not go overlooked in the Giants' march to a championship last year when he had an interception in each of New York's first three playoff games, clinching wins over Tampa Bay and Dallas with picks. McQuarters plays in the dime package and if Philadelphia goes to much four-wide stuff, he could play defense. Otherwise, he's a sure-handed punt returner. McQuarters compared the Giants-Eagles tilt to a Bears-Packers rivalry earlier this week.