Bears put Favre out of their misery

Chicago claims NFC North title at expense of its longtime tormentor

Updated: December 21, 2010, 8:03 AM ET
By Michael Wilbon | ESPNChicago.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- They didn't want the rookie, Joe Webb. If a division title was going to be claimed here Monday night, they didn't want to take it off a backup or an understudy. They wanted the Gunslinger, Brett Favre, one more time, especially if this was to be his last rodeo.

"Somebody texted me early in the day and said Brett was upgraded to 'questionable'" Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher recounted later. "I knew right then that dude was playing. You want to play the best. I knew ...

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