(Saturday in Atlanta I asked where the confidence level was, and it was palpable. Get out the swagger monitor and tell us where it's at in the locker room?)**
Obviously we played at a high level in that game, but it goes without saying that that game is behind us, and we're moving on to the Bears. We have to carry over the things that we were successful in doing within that game and carry those things over and correct the things that didn't have as much success, try to eliminate those as much as we can on Sunday and put our best foot forward.
(The defense has been so consistent. Will it come down to the offense in this game?)
Well, we would like to hope so. Obviously going into the game you would like to execute 100 percent of the time. You want to be perfect or close to near perfect as possible. But the odds of that happening aren't really in our favor, especially having played these guys a couple times, division rivalry game. The familiarity is there. We know what they're going to do, they know what we're going to do, so there's nothing that they can probably show us that we haven't seen, there's nothing that we can show them that they haven't seen. But at the same time in the same breath we have to out‑execute those guys and make the plays when they present themselves.
(You had that long catch down the sideline late in the week 17 game against the Bears. How important is patience in your passing game?)
It's very important going up against a team like this. Obviously they try and get you and lull you to sleep, get you to try to take those big shot plays, get you out of taking the quick, methodical plays, the check‑downs, things like that, that are going to be there probably all game, more so than in any other game because that's what they want you to do. They want you to throw underneath, throw underneath and then hopefully you'll make a mistake. But like you said, we have to be very patient, and like I said, once the opportunity presents itself make the plays down the field when the ball is in the air.
(How much of a difference are the conditions up in Chicago, specifically the field conditions going to make for you as a wide receiver who depends on speed andcutting for things that you do?)
Well, it's a huge difference between their field and turf, grass and turf, but we've got the guys on board in our equipment room -- T‑Bone, appreciate it -- to make sure that we're equipped and ready to go on any field that we're throwing at.
(Rodgers' title belt celebration, does it pump you guys up and do you like seeing him do that?)
Well, number one, I don't know if it's pumps us up. But it's fun, especially when you get a guy like John Abraham doing it after a sack and then he's able to run in for a score. I'm on the sideline like, 'Give him the belt again, give him the belt again.' But it just shows his emotion. Obviously I don't think it's directed at anybody, but it's just something fun that he does. We get excited when we see it because we know that he's made a play or we've made a play as an offense.
(Why didn't this team crumble or fall with losses of so many keyguys in key spots on the field?)
Well, number one, I think we're set up to accommodate for any injury. I think they've done a great job upstairs with personnel bringing guys in that can make plays if someone were to do down, and that was the adverse situation that we were faced with this year, and the guys stepped up in key positions and key roles and were able to make plays as both the starters were when they were in, and that's what has propelled us to be in the position we're in today.
(You mentioned a few minutes ago that you played in ideal conditions last week in the Dome and played an almost perfect game, no punts. In what way will the conditions challenge you guys, whether it be the weather or the field? What difficulties does that imposeon members of the passing game?)
Well, number one, hopefully we're able to block that out mentally. You try to go into a game and prepare yourself mentally and not worry about the outside distractions that could potentially play a role or play a part in the game, and you know, that's one of the situations that we can't control. The climate, we can't control that. We can't control where we play, where we're given a certain situation, and that's going down and playing at Soldier Field in that climate.
We're accustomed to playing out in the cold. That's what we do. We're in Green Bay, the warmest city in America, so we're pretty accustomed to that. But it does change the way you approach the game. But I think that if we can establish the run game and give James some opportunities to run downhill with Brandon and those guys and John Kuhn, that'll open things up in the passing game.
(How big a deal is it for the receivers that you get Donald into a Super Bowl?)
Well, it's huge. Obviously the window of opportunity, it opens and closes as it will, and you know, the window of opportunity isn't getting any bigger, and the opportunity has been presented itself, and we're afforded the chance to get there this year, and we have to make the best of it. Obviously Donald has been around for a while, and I think he's been in this position once, I believe, and we didn't get it done that time, and now we have a second chance. You're not afforded too many second chances in this game, so we have to make the best of it.