Don't worry. Brian Urlacher remembers what happened the last time these two teams played. He also has the utmost respect for Tom Brady, who is not only perhaps the game's greatest passer but proved against Urlacher and the Bears in 2006 that he can also be a scramblin' man.
"He's the best," Urlacher said of Brady. "He knows what to do with the football. If you play zone, he throws the checkdowns. If you put seven in the box, he runs it. He just knows where to go with the football every time. You're not going to trick him. You may get pressure on him, you may hurt him a little bit, but he's smart. He has a great arm. He knows everything. Big challenge for us.
"And he runs fast, too. I remember he's really fast. Good runner."
Urlacher was chuckling while referring to the key play in the Patriots' 17-13 win over the Bears in 2006, when Brady faked him out and picked up a critical first down during New England's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
"I'm pretty sure Brian slipped on that," Lance Briggs said. "I'm pretty sure he won't be slipping this week."
'That's not how I remember it, but that was nice of him to say that," Urlacher said when told Briggs' version of events. "I remember me going this way and [Brady] going that way. That's how I remember it. First down."
Here's what Brady said at the time: ''That was pretty cool,'' Brady said. ''At least I can tell my kids one day that I shook Brian Urlacher. They probably won't believe me.''