Harris rebounds from early struggles

CHICAGO -- Competing in an NFC Championship Game is a new experience for Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris.

A seven-year NFL veteran, Harris was on injured reserve when the Bears made their run to the Super Bowl in 2006 season.

"It doesn't get any bigger than Bears vs. Packers, but being in the NFC Championship Game is truly a blessing for me because last time we were here I was watching," Harris said. "It really means a lot to me to have this opportunity, so I need to seize this opportunity."

Harris seized his opportunity against Seattle and finished the game with team highs in sacks (2), tackles for losses (2) and quarterback hits (2).

A far cry from the player who was a healthy scratch when the Bears battled Green Bay on Sept. 27.

“Tommie has worked hard each week," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "We haven’t gotten the production that we have wanted, that he has wanted, throughout. All you can do is look at how he has practiced. He has been on top of everything. He has no complaints about his preparation at all. Normally if you just keep working hard, eventually, things start falling your way a little bit. In the last two games of course, with him getting sacks, hopefully it will keep going. Tommie is a good football player.”