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Packers tune out comments, keep Brandon Marshall in check

Bears receiver BrandMarshall quarterback Jay Cutler stay warm as time runs down fourth quarter Chicago Bears 21-13 loss Green Bay

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler stay warm as time runs down in the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bears 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday December 16, 2012 at Soldier Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Wide receiver Brandon Marshall appeared to be doing what he promised. A physically dominating stiff arm to the head of Green Bay Packers defensive back Casey Hayward on his way into the end zone highlighted the all-out might that Marshall was bringing for the Bears.

And then it ended.

“We did what we had to do,” cornerback Tramon Williams said after the Packers clinched the NFC North with a 21-13 victory at Soldier Field on Sunday. “We played good team ball. That’s what it takes to win games.”

Marshall made headlines when he adamantly voiced his dislike for the Packers, called out Williams and Charles Woodson and dared the Packers to cover him one-on-one. He was incensed

after being held to two catches in the Bears’ Week 2 loss in Green Bay and hearing the comments the Packers made about him afterward.

After the loss Sunday, Marshall was visibly upset when he met the ­media. With the Bears losing for the fifth time in six games, Marshall called out the offense and demanded more accountability.

Marshall had four catches for 34 yards and a 15-yard touchdown in the first half. The Bears were able to get him matched up with linebacker Brad Jones in zone coverage on his touchdown.

But in the second half, the Packers held Marshall in check until he made two 11-yard receptions in the final four minutes. Quarterback Jay Cutler ­targeted Marshall only seven times.

“We just won the game,” said Williams, who primarily covered Marshall like in Week 2. “I ain’t worried about no comments. Comments don’t play the game. We played the game.”

Since he was named by Marshall, Williams did admit that he came in with an added edge. He and other Packers defensive backs said they essentially used the same game plan against Marshall, which included more two-man coverage (safety help) and disguised double-teams. But Williams also said he was in bump coverage against Marshall “pretty much all day.”“He’s a tough guy. He’s a big guy,” Williams said. “I had to play with

a lot of balance and strength behind me today just to deal with him. But I did that. I felt that I could do that, and I did it.”

Cornerback Sam Shields, who was in a physical battle with Alshon Jeffery all game, insisted the Packers tuned out Marshall’s comments and focused on their game plan.

“He was doing the talking,” Shields said. “We just went out here and played.”

Was Marshall talking a lot during the game?

“When it comes down to it on the field, there’s not much talking going on,” Williams said. “I don’t recall him saying anything today.”



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