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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

The Packers’ offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 21-14 victory over the Bears in the NFC championship at Soldier Field:

Offense: WR Greg Jennings

Jennings came through with his second consecutive 100-yard receiving effort in the playoffs, catching eight of the 11 passes thrown his way for 130 yards (16.3 avg.) and a long of 26.

Defense: CB Sam Shields

The undrafted rookie outperformed high-profile starting CBs Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, coming up with a sack for a 10-yard loss, a forced fumble and a pair of interceptions, including a game-clinching pick of a pass intended for Bears WR Johnny Knox with 47 seconds remaining.    

Special teams: P Tim Masthay

Masthay couldn’t have had a better game, landing five of his eight punts inside the 20-yard line while completely neutralizing Bears ace PR Devin Hester, who was limited to only 16 yards on three punt returns (5.3 avg.). Masthay’s 32-yard punt over Hester’s head near the end of the first quarter that landed on the Bears' three-yard line set up the Packers’ second score of the game (James Starks’ four-yard TD run) on a short, five-play, 44-yard drive.

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