Hester ready for Round 3 with Packers

January, 16, 2011
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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDevin Hester is ready to face the Bears' biggest rival in the NFC Championship Game.
CHICAGO -- Leading up the Bears' regular-season finale in Green Bay, Devin Hester made it abundantly clear he wanted to knock the Packers out of the playoffs.

Although the Bears put up a valiant effort, Green Bay won the game, qualified for the postseason, and after impressive road victories over Philadelphia and New Orleans, will travel to Soldier Field to take on the Bears in the NFC Championship Game.

"It's the biggest rival game in history," Hester said. "It's our third time playing them this year. They won one, we won one. We got to break to tie.

"I've won in the playoffs before. We got one down, two to go. This year, we got to win [the Super Bowl]."

Hester and rest of the Bears' receivers now face the daunting task of breaking through against a physical and talented Packers secondary. Jay Cutler passed for only 168 yards in that Week 17 meeting at Lambeau Field, while Hester and Johnny Knox combined for only one catch for 16 yards. The only receiver who found success was Rashied Davis, who filled in for the injured Earl Bennett, and hauled in seven receptions.


Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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