Bears players and coaches have been ridiculed for not paying enough respect to the Bears-Packers rivalry. But Julius Peppers is probably good enough to get away with it.
''Do you know how big this is going to be?'' Peppers was asked in the Bears locker room after the game.
''No. I don't know,'' he responded, to laughter from reporters. ''I'm serious. I don't know. I don't know if anybody in here knows. It's been a long time [since the Bears played the Packers in a playoff game]. Seventy years? It's going to be big on the outside. There's going to be a lot of hoopla surrounding this game. But at the end of the day, it's going to be about who executes the best and who plays football.''
Other Bears players, including safety Chris Harris, said they were looking forward to playing the Packers in the NFC Championship Game after losing to them at Lambeau Field in Week 17. But not Peppers.
''I didn't really care who we played against,'' Peppers said. ''My thing is to get wins -- to beat whoever. I wasn't rooting to play against them. It is what it is. Next Sunday or Saturday, whenever it is, we're happy to go out there and do it.''