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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 10-3 loss to the Packers:

Offense: RB Matt Forté

Forté capped off his impressive regular season by gaining 91 of Chicago's 110 rushing yards on 15 carries (6.1 avg.). He also led the team in receptions, making eight grabs for 60 yards (7.5 avg.). Forté was one of the few standouts from either team's offense in a game that was dominated by both defenses.

Defense: CB Charles Tillman

It took solid performances from many contributors on the Bears' defense to hold the Packers to 10 points and 284 total yards, but Tillman's opportunistic plays were the highlights. He made an interception and returned it 42 yards to give Chicago 1st-and-10 at Green Bay's 15-yard line. The Packers challenged the ruling on the play, but it was upheld after a review. Tillman also recovered WR Donald Driver's fumble, which was caused by CB D.J. Moore.

Special teams: P Brad Maynard

Maynard had a busy day, punting eight times for 364 yards. He was outdone by the Packers' Tim Masthay, who had four of his eight punts downed inside the 20, but Maynard pinned the Packers inside the 20 twice and he had a slightly higher gross (45.5) and net (36.8) average than Masthay (43.5, 36.6). Aside from a 41-yard return, Packers CB-PR Tramon Williams was held to nine yards on his other four punt returns.

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