Late defensive meltdown dooms Chicago Bears

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Updated: December 29, 2013
Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears offense had a good day against the Green Bay Packers, but the Bears were unable to hold on late in a 33-28 loss.

Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears offense had a good day against the Green Bay Packers, but the Bears were unable to hold on late in a 33-28 loss.

Recap

The Chicago Bears overcame an incredibly sloppy first half to find themselves with a 28-20 lead over the Green Bay Packers in the 4th quarter, but they were unable to hold on for the victory in a 33-28 loss.

The game leaves Chicago out of the playoffs at 8-7-1, while the Packers win the NFC North at 8-7-1 and will host a Wild Card game next weekend.

A late defensive meltdown by the Bears saw Green Bay complete three fourth down conversions, including a 48-yard touchdown to wide receiver Randall Cobb that won the game.

Studs

Running back Matt Forte had a big game, rushing 22 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and catching four passes (on four targets) for 47 yards and a touchdown.  He was the best player on the field for either team today, but had a crucial negative run late when he danced around for too long and let the defense swarm to him.

Quarterback Jay Cutler was also very good, completing 15 of 24 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw one interception, but it was a hail mary on the last play of the game.

The Chicago Bears did an excellent job in run defense on Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, holding him to 66 yards on 21 carries.  Unfortunately, they were not so good on James Starks, who ran eleven times for 88 yards.

Return man Devin Hester had two big returns (one on a punt, one on a kickoff) to set Chicago up with excellent field position.  He did fumble once, but managed to recover his fumble.

The Chicago Bears offensive line had a very good game, opening running holes for Matt Forte and providing solid pass protection for Cutler.

Duds

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had a bit of a tough day.  He had a huge fumble late in the first half that gave Green Bay a field goal and may have taken away a scoring chance for Chicago, and dropped a pass on a crucial late 3rd and 17.

Safety Chris Conte was abysmal. He had an early interception on Aaron Rodgers in the end zone, but also dropped an easy interception in the second half and was completely lost on Cobb’s late touchdown.

Cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Zach Bowman also struggled today, repeatedly getting burned by Green Bay wide receivers (especially Jordy Nelson).  They also struggled tackling the receivers after they had made the catch.

The entire defense deserves fault for a bizarre first half play in which they assumed a ball on the ground was dead and let it sit there rather than picking it up. The officials called it a fumble and a Green Bay player picked it up and ran it in for an easy touchdown. Linebacker James Anderson had a chance to scoop it up and run the other way for a score himself, but ignored the ball and began walking off the field.

Injuries

Cornerback Tim Jennings and safety Major Wright were both injured and briefly left the game before returning. Offensive tackle Jordan Mills left the game early in the first quarter with a foot injury and did not return.

What’s Next

This ends the season for the Chicago Bears.  An 8-8 record and failure to reach the playoffs for the third consecutive year can be viewed as nothing but a disappointment.

The offense was better than anyone had a right to expect this year, and should return mostly intact next year.  The defense, on the other hand, is in for an offseason of sweeping changes after being one of the worst units in the league this year.

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Eddie Lacy OROY
Eddie Lacy OROY

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gatrbuc17
gatrbuc17 moderator

YES YES YES FUCKING HELL FUCKING YES WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO

SCHIANO IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mikedr9
mikedr9

The longer the meeting goes Lions fans, the more you guys are going to be pissed with the results I think.

bp.
bp. moderator

Rodgers is very reserved.  I cannot think of a time when I remember him running down the sideline like after that Cobb TD.  So that was nice.

One might say he was just being a kid out there.

mikedr9
mikedr9

I got a feeling he is being given a choice, fire your offensive cordinator, or YOUR gone.

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

I've never been so happy to have a twitter account. I update it every 2 seconds to see if there is any news about Schwartz being fired. I'm actually giddy about him being fired.

Late christmas present!

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

I will say this, if the defense makes as many rookie mistakes against any of the playoff teams as it did in the 3rd quarter yesterday, we will get smoked!

Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

The Packers defense was on the field for an average of 34 minutes in games that Rodgers didn't play.

They were on the field for 25 minutes last night.

Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

Packers 'terrible defense' forced three 3 and outs, 7 points, and a turnover in the first half.

Came up with 2 clutch stops and allowed only 45 yards in the 4th quarter.

They got torn apart in the 3rd quarter but Rodgers and the running game kept them off the field enough for them to not cost the Packers the game.

The defense isn't great, but it really isn't as bad as everyone is trying to make them out to be.

154 yards allowed in the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters.

Rodgers is good enough to compensate for their shortcomings and you aren't going to be able to convince me otherwise.

gatrbuc17
gatrbuc17 moderator

So am I right in NO at Philly next week and SF at GB???

mikedr9
mikedr9

Detroit is probably keeping their coach, well that's good!  for THE REST OF THE NFC NORTH THAT IS!!

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

 He's so reserved, he does the belt dance after a touchdown.


Donny33
Donny33

 you were naughty this year. he stays.

Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

The third quarter was ugly.

But you have to give credit where it is due.

The other 3 quarters they played very well against a very good offense.

S1L3NT_gopackers
S1L3NT_gopackers

 That is likely to happen either way, but we beat the Bears!

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

If he isn't fired, there will be riots in Detroit.

Oh, and also people won't be happy about Schwartz not being fired.

Donny33
Donny33

 theyre writting out the invoice for headsets.

Derp Derpington
Derp Derpington

 yeah, the defense is pretty good. Good enough to extend Capers for sure.

bp.
bp. moderator

 Oh yeah, that little quick move he does after TD's totally contradicts my point.

Or not.

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

I agree, they did play pretty good for the other 3 quarters.

BlutosPackers
BlutosPackers

Stay positive Silent one or I will be forced to kick you in the Nards!

S1L3NT_gopackers
S1L3NT_gopackers

 I feel like there will be riots in Detroit either way.... because Detroit.

gatrbuc17
gatrbuc17 moderator

 Ethan.........whats up with the seachicken avatar

mikedr9
mikedr9

 

The meeting is lasting way too long, should have been done and over by now, unless they are discussing other coaching changes within the organization.

S1L3NT_gopackers
S1L3NT_gopackers

But if I will be realistic, I think SF is our best chance to win a playoff game this year, they are a better team, but we are at home.If we win, we'll likely go to Seattle, unless NO somehow wins.


All that said, we can win any game on any day as long as we have 12. So bring on the playoffs!

S1L3NT_gopackers
S1L3NT_gopackers

 I am extremely positive. I will be jumping up and down cheering for GB next week.


We beat the Bears. From here it's all gravy.

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

nah. there aren't enough people left in Detroit to actually start a riot