The Chicago Bears season has come to an end on Sunday. In what was microcosm of the season, the Bears defense simply wasn’t there in the team’s 33-28 loss to the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers.
Many felt that if the Bears were going to lose to the Packers it would be because of the play of quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler was actually one of the reasons why the Bears should have won against Green Bay on Sunday. Cutler completed 15 of his 24 passes for a total of 226 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The interception came on a Hail Mary attempt to end the game.
This certainly isn’t the time to bring it up, but Cutler proved on Sunday why he should remain with the Bears. Cutler showed up and played well in what was the biggest game of his career.
Beyond that, Cutler was aided by Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte. Forte rushed for 110 yards on 22 carries while scoring a total of three touchdowns.
Forte, Cutler and the Bears offense were let down by the defense. Despite having two interceptions early, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked apart the Bears defense. Rodgers completed 25 of his 39 passes for a total of 318 passing yards to go along with 2 touchdown passes and the aforementioned interceptions.
It was Rodgers passing and wide receiver Jordy Nelson catching in the Packers victory. Nelson caught 1o passes on Sunday for a total of 161 receiving yards. Needless to say, Bears cornerback Zack Bowman proved why he was released by the Bears in his first time around with the team.
Bears safety Chris Conte also showed his ineptitude as a NFL safety. Conte did have an interception but the safety allowed another interception to go right through his hands as well as allowed his man, Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, to score the game winning touchdown.
One play that should be taken away from this game is the fumble recovery for a touchdown by Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin in the second quarter. Rodgers was hit from behind by Julius Peppers on the play and that forced the ball out. Instead of having a Bears player pick the ball up, the team watched as Rodgers instructed Boykin to pick up the ball and run in for the touchdown. Better awareness by the Bears defense on that play and the team may be preparing for a playoff game next week.
But the Bears will once again be at home during the playoffs. At home deciding what to do in the off-season. An off-season that will see the Bears define their franchise quarterback as well as revamping their defense.
A defense that was responsible for the team’s 33-28 loss on Sunday.