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Here are some Bears' related quotes from Sunday's "NFL GameDay Final" on NFL Network.

"I didn't trust Jay Cutler because he hadn't been in postseason play since high school, but one thing I did [trust was] this Rod Marinelli-coached defense. I knew they would come to play football."

-- Deion Sanders on the Chicago Bears defense in a 35-24 victory over the Chicago Bears

"Jay Cutler took control of this game early, built a 28-0 lead and didn't look back."

-- Steve Mariucci on Chicago QB Jay Cutler, who threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns

"He made the difference today because he gave Jay [Cutler] early confidence that he showed all game long."

-- Michael Irvin on Chicago TE Greg Olsen, who had 113 yards receiving and one touchdown

"We've got quarterbacks that have finally won their first playoff games and are ready to explode on the National Football League scene."

-- Steve Mariucci on Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers and Chicago QB Jay Cutler

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The Bears do not fear the Pack and play them better than any other team, having beaten them in 3 of the last 4 at home. This year our defense has held them to 17 and 10 points. Cutler is 24-5 when starting and his team's defense holds opponents to 20 points or less. Cutler is also 15-6 in games decided by four points or less (Rodgers is 2-14). Rodgers will play well, but he plays well whether they win or lose, so he does not seem to be their difference maker. Cutler is 22-0 when playing to a 100 or higher passer rating. Cutler is playing the best ball of his career. How many QB have ever thrown a 50 yard TD on their first playoff throw? Besides being the first QB in 55 years to throw 2 Touchdowns and run for 2 Touchdowns in a playoff game, Cutler is also the first QB in the history of the league to lead his team to the Championship, after having been sacked 50+ times in the regular season, and while in the first season with a brand new offense. The Bears are the team of destiny because Cutler has come of age.

If the Bears had not come into the fourth quarter with a huge lead, the margin of victory would have been even greater.

One thing the Bears don't do well is play with a big lead. They seem to relax after they get up by a big score, and that's clearly what happened v. Seattle. I realize that it's natural to relax after you think you've got the game won, but the Bears better learn to play hard for the entire 60 minutes or it will eventually come back to bite them against a real playoff team (i.e., not Seattle).

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