2011 NFC Championship: Special Teams The X-Factor For Chicago Bears

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2011 NFC Championship:  Special Teams The X-Factor For Chicago Bears
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As the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers bring the NFL's oldest, fiercest rivalry to Soldier Field on Sunday in the 2011 NFC Championship game for the world to see, there are pundits everywhere trying to pick apart the advantages for both teams.

There are three main phases in football: offense, defense and special teams. Oh, and in Chicago, the Bears boast the league's best fourth phase:  its fans!

On the field, it will be the third phase, special teams, that will mean the difference in this game. Say all you want, but the proof will be in the pudding, spooned out for all to see on the frozen mess of sod in Chicago this Sunday, starting at 2:00 p.m. CST.

And the one thing the Bears have that no one else has is the guy wearing number 23. He and his unit are the keys to the game.

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