Brady puts the finishing touches on the play with an emphatic First Down signal.

Urlacher vs Brady Highlights Bears vs Patriots Matchup

Everyone wants to pit Jay Cutler against Tom Brady when previewing this Sunday’s matchup between the Bears and Patriots.   Here’s the problem – they won’t be on the field against each other.  You want to look at a key matchup?  How about a couple of former Players of the Year?  For me, the matchup to focus on will be the Bears’ Brian Urlacher and the Patriots’ Tom Brady.

The last time the Bears went to the Super Bowl was in 2006.  That year, they played the New England Patriots too.  One of the plays I’ll never forget (for a bad reason) was Tom Brady juking Brian Urlacher out of his jock.  Here is the only video clip I could find of the play:

In case it goes by too fast with the screwball Pat’s fan shaking the camera, here are a couple of stills of the play.

Brady eludes Brian Urlacher.

Urlacher eating Brady's dust.

I am hoping this one is cemented in Brian’s Urlacher’s mental bulletin board and he repays Brady with a shot right under the chinstrap.

Urlacher’s return in 2010 has been a HUGE component of the Bears’ defensive resurgence.  He will be the key to controlling the middle of the field where Brady and the Patriots offense love to operate.   Urlacher has been out of character heading into this matchup, doing a lot more talking than usual.  Check out some of his comments to the Trib’s Vaughn McClure:

“New England is the best team in the NFL, record-wise. But I feel like we’re the best team, period. That’s why I say record-wise. They have the best quarterback, numbers-wise. And everybody likes to go by numbers, right?”

That is about as bold a statement as you’ll ever get out of #54.  But he’s still got his feet planted firmly on the ground, saying this of Brady:

“Right now, he’s playing better than anybody,” Urlacher said. “There’s no doubt about that. Comparing with Peyton Manning, they’re just different. Well, maybe they’re not different because both run their offenses. Whatever they want to do, they do it. But Brady’s doing it better right now.

“He doesn’t make any mistakes with the football. You’re not going to trick him. You just better stick to your roles.”

People want to talk about Cutler and the Bears’ offense, but this game will come down to whether Urlacher and the defense can shut down – or at least slow down – the Patriots’ attack.


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  • clark

    Yep, and Brady will be forced down the middle A LOT with Bears d-line coming around both corners every other play.

    • Boomer

      Bears will need to get a couple of turnovers to win on Sunday AND take care of the ball themselves. Need to finish with a +2 turnover ratio and I like our chances.

  • http://Beargoggles BearsDfense

    Heck all the staff on Inside the NFL pick the Bears to win. I hate when they do that. I like when the Bears are Underdogs. oh well, maybe they know the Bears are better thats all
    BEAR DOWN !!

    • Boomer

      Bears are still underdogs with lots of so-called experts. Last I saw, they’re still 3 point dogs in Vegas too.

  • patsfan

    I hate to burst the bears fans bubble here (well not sorry), but the Pats will spank the Bears.. there is a lot of ifs and buts and candy and nuts when you hear all the comments and the commentators. Pats will not turn the ball over while Cutler will throw the usual couple picks while being confused by Bellichick’s defense. Bears a cover 2 team that gives up a lot underneath.. this is exactly the Pats offense after Moss left.. they are playing into the strength of the pats O. coaching – major mismatch… Peppers will be chip blocked by Crumpler or the other two TEs… and the Rookie TEs will have a huge game as Bears will focus on Welker… People mistakenly believe the bad field hurts Brady.. opposite it hurts Cutler as he is mistake prone… and will make mistakes on a bad field when forced to throw.. This will be a beat down … bears may get some garbage points in the end against pats D… bubble burst…

    • deez

      I hate to poke holes in some of your logic (well not hate), but Cutler has thrown 0 INTs in 5 of his 11 games and only twice has he thrown more than 1. Confused by Belichick’s defense? NE gave up 30+ points to the Bill and Browns. And if the TEs will be chip blocking Peppers (and probably Idonije too) how will they have a big game? We will see about the Bears field, Brady hasn’t played on it and the Bears have. I guarantee it will be a big factor and cause Patriot players to make more mistakes than the Bears. Bears win 19-17 and the Patriots freeze their butts off, I don’t care how used to it they are. It’s going to be below zero with the wind chill.