Packers win war of words with Bears on the field
December 16, 2012, 6:10 pm
To say there was a little chatter off the field leading up to Sunday’s Bears-Packers game would be an understatement. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley made it known he thought the Bears may be better without Brian Urlacher. Lance Briggs responded by calling Finley "an idiot."
With all the talk prior to kickoff, would there be any words left for smack-talking on the field?
“I didn’t hear nothing,” Finley said. “The trash talking is in the papers, but when you touch the grass it’s all business.”
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught six balls and scored a touchdown in the Packers' 21-13 win, also made it a point to call out Packers defensive backs Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson earlier in the week. Woodson was sidelined while still recovering from a broken collarbone, Williams did a solid job containing Marshall most of the afternoon.
“We just won the game,” Williams said “I ain’t worrying about no comments. Comments don’t play the game, we played the game. We won the game.”
Williams was backed up in the secondary by nickelback Sam Shields, something Shields continued off the field.
"[Marshall] do all the talking in the paper, we do it on the field," Shields said.
Even though he didn’t play, Woodson had a little jab for the Bears too.
“I think those guys would like to be where we're at, but they're not,” Woodson said. “Bottom line. I love beating the Bears"
Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji has been known to be a little mouthy since joining the oldest rivalry in the NFL, which was played for the 186th time on Sunday. But he still has respect for Marshall and the Bears.
"Brandon is a good guy, he's a good player," Raji told CSNChicago.com. "It wasn't the first time he was talking and it won't be the last. Our guys weren't worried about that. We've been here before. We came with a focus of wanting to win this game and clinch the division and we did exactly that."
That sentiment was shared by left tackle Marshall Newhouse.
"It's always a tough game to play them, but we played them hard," Newhouse told CSNChicago.com. "There was some stuff pregame, people talking back and forth, but when it comes down to it you have to come to play and show it with your pads."
Clearly the Packers handled themselves when they strapped it on and ran out the tunnel on Sunday, winning 21-13 and clinching the NFC North division.
"That's what we all wanted," Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. "When you're playing the Bears it's a good chance for us to win a division and kind of push them down.”
Tags: Chicago Bears
, Green Bay Packers
, B.J. Raji
, Tramon Williams
, Sam Shields