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Burden finally too heavy for Bears' D

Urlacher and Co. finally caved under pressure of carrying Cutler-less Chicago

Updated: December 19, 2011, 11:56 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The bravado is what has defined the Chicago Bears' defense, what has seemingly always defined it, its sense of ownership and responsibility for the team's fortunes ingrained as a sort of birthright, which is both admirable as well as practical.

And so it was no surprise when first Jay Cutler went down and then Matt Forte, that Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs and the bunch would promise to take care of things, to hold the team together, to carry the load.

"That's just how ...

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