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Sunday, January 23, 2011
Hanie gives Bears new life

By Michael C. Wright

CHICAGO -- Third-team quarterback Caleb Hanie re-energized a lethargic Bears fan base at the NFC Championship Game by pulling his team within a touchdown of the Green Bay Packers (14-7), who have led the majority of the game.

After injuries to starter Jay Cutler and what appeared to be an arm injury for No. 2 quarterback Todd Collins, Hanie entered the contest with 57 seconds left in the third quarter, and completed 2 of 2 for 40 yards, including a 32-yard pass to Johnny Knox.

Hanie led the Bears 67 yards in eight plays with Chester Taylor capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run over right tackle. Having entered the contest with just 14 career passes (7 in each of the last two seasons), Hanie led the Bears on an 8-play drive spanning 67 yards.

Hanie entered the season as the No. 2 quarterback, but suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason opener at San Diego that moved him down the depth chart in favor of Collins.