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Lovie Smith understands Packers rivalry

Updated: January 19, 2011, 11:13 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

When the Chicago Bears hired Lovie Smith in 2004, he listed beating the Green Bay Packers as his No. 1 goal, and it wasn't by accident.

"One of the first things [former team chairman] Michael McCaskey went over with me when I came here to interview for the job, to make sure I knew about the rivalry," Smith said Monday. "He let me know a little bit about it then, too.

"Believe me, we know exactly how we are supposed to feel about that rivalry."

The rivalry will reach a ...

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