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Bears players of the week: Week 16

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By Dan Parr

Associate editor Dan Parr selects an offensive, defense and special-teams player of the week for the Bears following their Week 16 loss to the Packers.

Offense: QB Josh McCown

He had a lot of help from RB Kahlil Bell and the running game, but McCown, in his first start in four years, made some of the biggest plays for Chicago's offense and impressed his new team. He hit TE Kellen Davis in the endzone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and ran in the two-point conversion on the next play. Aside from a few mistakes, McCown was solid, completing 19-of-28 passes for 242 yards and two interceptions and rushing eight times for 38 yards (4.8 average).

Defense: CB Charles Tillman

It was a poor showing from the Bears' defense, which didn't force turnover, gave up five touchdown passes and hit QB Aaron Rodgers only twice. Tillman didn't make any egregious errors, which put him in rare company among his teammates on defense. His fellow starting corner, Zack Bowman, had a nightmarish game and was repeatedly picked on by Rodgers, but Tillman, who made five tackles, was the only Bears player credited with a sack Sunday.

Special teams: P Adam Podlesh

The Packers began drives at their own 25- and 24-yard line on the two drives that started after Podlesh's punts Sunday. He punted twice for 98 yards (49 average, 45 net) and Packers WR-RS Randall Cobb was held to one return for eight yards.

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