He collected a game ball. So did Richardson, who came up with back-to-back interceptions off Jaworski's replacement, Matt Cavanaugh, near the end of regulation. So did strong safety Dave Duerson, who finished off the hat trick—interception, sack and forced fumble—when he hit Crawford in OT. The irony there is that Duerson is one of the Bear defenders who had mixed feelings about Ryan.
"I never felt I got the recognition from Buddy that I deserved," he said. "At times I felt totally defeated by his criticisms. But you know something, I think that maybe in the back of his mind he's pleased I did well today."