Matt Forte rushed for 70 yards. He caught a postseason franchise record 10 passes for 90 more yards. Most people expected the versatile running back to play a large role in the offense heading into Sunday's NFC Championship game at Soldier Field and he didn't disappoint, accounting for over half the team's total offensive yards.
"As a running back who can run and catch the ball, I expected to be used a lot," Forte said.
His performance in the painful 21-14 loss ended a record-smashing season for the third-year back. His 160 yards from scrimmage were the second most all-time in the postseason franchise history, trailing only George Gulyanics' 161 yards against the Los Angeles Rams in 1950.
Forte also became the first player in team history to have 50-plus yards receiving and rushing in multiple playoff games.
"Maybe we just executed better when he was in there," Forte said of third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie, who engineered both touchdown drives. "Once you get started in a game and you see some stuff they're doing, then we tried to attack them from there.
Once we got through that first half, we saw some stuff we could hit them with and that's what we started doing."