Bears hope they learned lesson

Updated: January 19, 2011, 11:12 AM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- They never questioned Lovie Smith's decision.

By playing to win with the starters and basically nothing to play for in the regular-season finale at Green Bay, the Bears knew they could gain something. So when the teams meet Sunday in the NFC championship, Smith and the Bears hope the move pays dividends.

"Hopefully we got some things from that game, and I think we did. We talked about going on the road, tough environment, just getting in a playoff atmosphere ...

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