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The Matchup
Peter King
September 23, 2002
Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and Falcons quarterback Michael Vick showed off their speed and athleticism in a showdown between two of the league's hottest young stars
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September 23, 2002

The Matchup

Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and Falcons quarterback Michael Vick showed off their speed and athleticism in a showdown between two of the league's hottest young stars

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Walking off the field, Urlacher, drenched in sweat, said only six words: "That little s—can run. Wow!"

THE FINAL TALLY: Urlacher had 12 tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery; Vick was 17 of 28 for 166 yards and the one touchdown, plus 10 carries for 56 yards. He'd played much better than he had in the first game against Chicago, but he was feeling the same disappointment he had experienced while watching the video. "It makes me sick we didn't win," Vick said, almost inaudibly, at his locker. "The missed opportunities, man—you just can't have those and win games."

In the visitors' locker room, you could tell Urlacher was glad to be getting out of Vick's house with a win. "He's the hardest guy in the league to tackle," he said, "harder than any running back I've faced. He's much more accurate than I remember from last year. He's going to be really good for a long time." Because Urlacher and Vick play in different divisions, we may have to wait until 2005 to see them square off again, and that's a shame.

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