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Bears players of the week

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

The Bears' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 20-17 win over the Packers in Week Three:

Offense: Jay Cutler

This was not a good performance by the Bears' offense, and Cutler wasn't happy with his own play, but he made enough things happen with his arm (16-of-27, 221 yards, one TD, one interception) and his feet (three carries for a team-high 37 yards) to get the nod here. He would have had another TD had H-back Desmond Clark held on to a pass that was catchable but thrown just a bit behind him on 4th-and-1 late in the third quarter. An assist goes to the Packers' sloppy play, which gave the Bears five first downs off penalties.

Defense: Brian Urlacher

Urlacher appeared to be out of position in coverage on WR Greg Jennings' first-quarter touchdown catch, but his fourth-quarter strip of WR James Jones, which was recovered by CB Tim Jennings, was one of the bigger plays of the game. Green Bay was approaching midfield with the game tied at 17 and less than 2:30 to play when Urlacher knocked the ball out of Jones' hands as LB Lance Briggs tried to wrestle Jones to the ground. The Bears took over at the Green Bay 46-yard line, and the drive ended with PK Robbie Gould's game-winning 19-yard field goal. Urlacher tied for the team lead with nine tackles.

Special teams: Devin Hester

For the first time since the 2007 season, Hester flashed the elusiveness that made him so "ridiculous." First, he returned Tim Masthay's line-drive punt 28 yards, allowing the Bears' offense to take over at Green Bay's 44-yard line with 1:50 left in the first half. Chicago scored its first touchdown of the game four plays later, going into the locker room down three. He wasn't done, though. He returned another punt 62 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bears their first lead of the game, 14-10, with 14:39 left in the fourth quarter. Honorable mention goes to DE Julius Peppers, who blocked PK Mason Crosby's 37-yard field-goal attempt after a time-consuming 8:27 drive by the Green Bay offense.

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