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BEST: Bears 39, Saints 14 (NFC Championship)
Arguably the best win of Lovie Smith's tenure, the Bears exploded for 25 unanswered points after Reggie Bush taunted Brian Urlacher. The win set up a Super Bowl XLI matchup with Indianapolis, making Smith and good friend Tony Dungy of the Colts the first black head coaches to lead their teams to the Super Bowl. "It means quite a bit for me," Smith said. "Our players knew about it, and they wanted to help us make history. I feel blessed to be in that position, but I'll feel even better to be the first black coach to hold up the (Lombardi Trophy)."
January 21, 2007