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Never-say-die Bears lose heartbreaker to rival Pack

The Bears just lost the conference championship game on their home field to their hated rival in a game 70 years in the making.

I know it’s difficult, but leave the 2nd guessing, woulda, shoulda couldas and ‘what if’s for another day. Don’t talk to me about Jay Cutler’s toughness…or Lovie’s decision to go with Todd Collins over Caleb Hanie early…or the questionable Earl Bennett reverse on a crucial 3rd down on the deciding drive.

Instead, remember that…

  • The Bears defense couldn’t stop Rodgers and Co. from gaining crucial momentum early in the game.
  • Cutler couldn’t lead the Bears to a sustained drive in the 1st half.
  • Brian Urlacher couldn’t outrun Aaron Rodgers in the open field for what should’ve been a pick-six.
  • The supposedly superior Chicago special teams couldn’t make the impact play many of us thought they needed to win the game.

The result? The Packers are going to the Super Bowl. The Bears are going home. Today the green and gold was better for longer against the blue and orange. Chicago and its fans will have to live with the misery for the rest of our lives. But hang in there Bear Nation…the pain will eventually subside.

And I know what you’re thinking…but for now, we should leave Lovie alone.

The media peppered Lovie Smith and Brian Urlacher with questions about the toughness of their starting QB in the postgame press conference. They both got pissed off and I understand why.

Jay Cutler is one tough SOB, and if this year didn’t prove it, I don’t know what will.

Cutler was the most sacked/hit QB in the NFL…by 12 sacks over the nearest guy. He was sacked 9 times in one half, for crying out loud. He never slid when he ran with the ball. He never called out his offensive line for his reoccurring beatdowns. He never complained about his lack of protection.

What good is he out there against an aggressive defense if he can’t plant his foot to make a throw or execute the 7-step drops of Martz’s timing offense? He was hurt and the Bears needed to rely on the next man in.

Instead of criticizing Lovie for putting the 38-year-old, more experienced Collins in a game that had everything riding on it, give the coach credit for pulling him quickly when things weren’t working out.

It’s a small consolation prize, but I’ve never been prouder of a Bears team after a loss.

The defense played unbelievable in the second half, keeping Rodgers – the league’s hottest quarterback – out of the end zone. For the game, no. 12 didn’t record a TD throw, had two passes picked and recorded a measly, Grossman-like 55.4 quarterback rating.

Caleb Hanie almost etched his name in NFL lore for leading an improbable Bears comeback with two late scoring drives. His 13-20, 153-yard and TD performance is all the more impressive considering he probably received more practice snaps as the scout team QB than he did running his own team’s offense.

This one hurts. But if someone were to tell you back in August the Bears would be one of the last four teams standing and playing for the right to go to the Super Bowl, you would’ve bought that dude/dudette a one-way ticket to the funny farm.

The Super Bowl should be interesting to watch – I for one will have rooting interest (against the Packers) in the league’s showcase game.

Bear Down, Chicago Bears.



  1. BearsDude

    January 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Bears did a great game against a little superior Packer team. Bad news is we have to listen to how great the Packers are for two more weeks till the Steelers beat them in the Superbowl. The great news is … REX Ryan is out of the news. I almost dislike him more than the whole Packer team

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  3. Shane "the drunk" Fling

    January 24, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Okay… Blah blah blah… Packers won… Congrats, but I really dont hate them anymore. And Hanie. If you could have heard me yelling to put him in while I saw Collins running onto the field. I don’t get paid millions to run around a field but I need help in my cutler factor… Grossman played hurt and won and loss… If cutler stayed in and loss we would have crucified him for not knowing he’s hurt, but yet I can’t not find a Quitler comment… We got farther than everyone else… Be happy… Please… Two NFC championships in 5 years? No one else has done that yet… Be proud. Don’t hate.

    • Rami

      January 31, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Bottom line is watching Rogers’ face after the super bowl loss, PRICELESS.

  4. DagoT

    January 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I’m not sure getting hit and/or knocked down more than anyone in your profession necessarily makes you “one tough SOB.” It makes you a pinata.

    Forever … when I read a Bears media guide, I’ll see that the 2010 North Division champ stayed home while the team in second place went to the Super Bowl.

  5. GoPackGo

    January 24, 2011 at 9:30 am

    DA BEARS STILL SUCK !!!!!!!!!

  6. MUWarrior

    January 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I agree with DangoT, just because he got sacked like a drunken college girl just makes him too dumb to get out of the way. I think jay walking out is a result of his line not protecting him. it was his way of saying if you are going to play hard neither am i. anyways well deserved win the by the Pack, and it is great fun to hear all of you whine.

  7. Russ Loede

    January 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Anyone who puts down Jay Cutler fails to recognize our history at QB. He is the easily the most talented QB we’ve had since #9 was behind center. Jay did more with less than any QB this season. I will always have his back. Also, congrats for Urlacher backing his QB.

  8. Russ Loede

    January 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    And props to my main man Jeff Fisher! I agreed wholeheartedly 100% with everything he said! Could not have said it any better! What a ride this season was! I predicted 5 or 6 wins…

    Our window of opportunity is still wide open. Good draft, couple of key signings, and this team will be back next year to contend!

  9. Russ Loede

    January 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Lastly, I might just root for the Pack in the SB. It’s still amazes me how they’ve succeeded despite numerous injuries at important positions. Guys like Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant, Nick Barnett, the list goes on…

    Plus, their defense is unreal; especially the interior DL and ball hawking DB’s. Rodgers and the receivers always make things interesting, keeping plays alive, and James Starks is a bonafide RB. He’s the real deal. Wish we would’ve drafted him in the 6th round.

    With that said, what do you think of finding a more athletic TE, a la Jermichael Finley, to replace Greg Olsen. Olsen is overrated. I want an upgrade via Draft or FA. Jay needs a better TE. Kellen Winslow? He’s healthy and I think he could be had. Imagine if we had Aaron Hernandez! I like Wootton (109th overall), but we could have drafted the former Florida Gator in the 4th (113th overall)! I mean, Jay made Tony Scheffler look like Brent Jones in Denver! Tony Moeaki was another guy we passed up, albeit for Major Wright; to fill a bigger need.

    Obviously we need to bolster the OL. After that I say let’s go and trade for Kellen and then try to sign Vincent. If not Vincent, draft a playmaking WR, even trade up for one in the mid-teens (Julio Jones) to support our franchise QB. Next, it would be nice to get a pass rushing DT. I’m really impressed with our DL, but it could benefit us to get a legit guy to play next to Adams/Toeaina. Could Henry Melton be the guy? I think he can, but would not count on it. In the secondary, I say let’s give Corey Graham a look. Even give Bowman a second chance. Is Major Wright right the answer at FS? I hope so. Finally, I can’t wait to see Harvey Unga in short-yardage situations!

    1. OL
    2. WR/TE
    3. DT

  10. TheDudeAbides

    January 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Lie down, Bears.

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  13. MUWarrior

    January 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    why defend cutler? saying he is the best qb you have had since mcmahon?? mcmahon wasnt even a good qb he was surrounded by talent that made him look good. you guys as usual had some tight games that broker just right for you, same as in 2001 you got there cause the breaks went your way. that is why you have a good season followed by several bad ones. you need talent not lucky charms.

  14. Russ Loede

    January 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Cutler, Forte, Peppers, Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman, Hester, Gould are all Pro-Bowl caliber players. McMahon was a very above average QB. Go back and watch the games.

  15. income tax calculator guy

    January 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I agree the super will be interesting to watch

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