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Mannelly breaks record

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Long snapper Patrick Mannelly played in his 192nd game on Monday night, breaking Steve McMichael's team record for the most games played in team history.

"Consistency is the key," Mannelly said of long snapping last week. "As long as you can stay consistent you can stay for a while. There are guys who have done it 19 or 20 years. That's a goal. I'd love to attain that."

Mannelly, who is only typically plays about 12 plays per game, doesn't take the physical punishment that a defensive tackle like McMichael, or a running back such as Walter Payton, who is third on the list with 190 games played, but said the honor was special just the same, especially since the Bears have such a storied history.

"It definitely means something," he said. "It's kind of neat. As a guy coming in here as a rookie you never imagine you'd be playing for 13 years and the only record a long snapper could ever break is longevity. More important, we're playing the Packers on Monday night."

Mannelly said Monday night's game would be his 25th against the Packers in his 13-year career. He has missed only three games during that span. His 124 straight games leads the team.

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