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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
BBAO: Lance Briggs still bringing it

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

At least one player did everything in his power Sunday to preserve the Chicago Bears' ultimately dashed hopes for winning the NFC North title. Even to the naked eye, linebacker Lance Briggs was all over the field. Dan Pompei's weekly film review in the Chicago Tribune confirmed what was an elite-level game.

Wrote Pompei: "If every Bear played like Briggs, the Bears would have won."

Unofficial press box statistics credited Briggs with nine tackles, but Pompei wrote that he was actually in on 13. Pompei: "Briggs read well, closed quickly and played physically. He took on offensive linemen with pop and came off blocks to make plays."

We don't know what will happen with this franchise and its nucleus after the season, but Briggs' performance in an important game suggests he should be a building block for whatever product they put on the field in 2013.

Continuing around the NFC North: