From the miracle in the desert:
Urlacher: For general ass-kicking. Once the Arizona offense went one dimensional with 10 minutes left he was unbelievable stuffing every single play. Plus the strip of course.
Mark Anderson: For the greatest 5 yard sprint I've ever seen by a reserve D Lineman.
Lance Briggs: Huge. Urlacher and Briggs had two huge pressures with 11 minutes left to stall an Arizona drive at midfield. Between that and the play mentioned above the arizona offense went catatonic.
Peanut and Mike Brown for knowing that on this night just falling on the ball wasn't going to get it done.
Finally. Brendan Ayenbadejo.
with 3:17 left and Rex Grossman probably getting ready to throw his 5th pick of the day, he breaks through the line and almost blocks the punt. The result? A low liner, if deep, because Scott Player was rushed. Hester fields it at the 17 with all the Bears still in their blocks and the nearest Cardinal at the 30 yard line. Hester then can run to the right hash mark (they had mostly been angling punt returns left). He cuts back to the left at the 25 yard line and runs up the right hash to the 35. Here, he half stumbles, fakes left, and cuts back to his right behind the block of ... Brendan Ayenbadejo at the Bears 43. (Brendan's older brother and inspiration, Obafemi, plays fullback for the Cardinals. As a side note, how happy do you think their schoolteachers were when they realized that O's little bro's name was "Brendan"?)
At this point, it's all Hester. He's got Justin Gage in front of him off the right hash mark and the last non-punter defender to Gage's right off toward the sideline. Hester angles to the sideline and as soon as the dude's hips are turned out he cuts straight ahead and runs right past him to the inside, towards Scott Player and a Bears Win.
I spent all day tuesday morning whistling "Bear Down Chicago Bears" on the El Tuesday. Yes, that was me. Sorry.