I'm trying hard to find a way to feel good about Sunday's Bears-Tebows game after the recent "football game loss" to Kansas City. I couldn't help but feel a sense of déjà vu, and I realized that we had indeed been here before in the Lovie Smith era. I'm not even sure The K.C. Masterpiece Game (note: nickname is ironic) ranks in the bottom five. Try to un-repress the memories of these stink bombs:
The Holy Crap, I Just Watched Our Quarterback Die On TV Game
2010 at N.Y. Giants
Remember this game? Neither does Jay Cutler after taking NINE sacks in the FIRST HALF. Six first downs TOTAL. National TV embarrassment.
The Blutarsky Zero Point Zero Game
2006 vs. Minnesota
Rex Grossman's QB rating: 0.0 after three quarters. (He improved to 1.3.) Five turnovers by each team. Bitter cold. A 23-13 final score deceives a box score reader, because other than Devin Hester's greatness the score might as well have been Bears pineapple, Vikings cactus. No football was played that day.
The Bears Are Who We Thought They Were Game
2006 at Arizona
The Bears won this game, but with SIX Bad Rex turnovers and a 20-0 halftime deficit to a beer-bonging Matt Leinart, they shouldn't have. Two defensive TDs and a punt return from The Greatest made this game more about which team wanted to give the win to the other. Capped off by Dennis Green's all-time great postgame meltdown. Also known as The Crown Their Ass Game.
The Screw You, Cedric Benson Game
2009 at Cincinnati
The Bears' draft bust ran 37 times for 189 yards, Carson Palmer threw for five touchdowns and it was 45-3 before Chicago got a garbage-time TD. It even featured a brief Caleb Hanie sighting!
OK, so Sunday's loss definitely is in the bottom five. But every other team in NFC wild card contention lost. So technically—and I'm fighting back a vurp typing it—the Bears' playoff chances slightly improved in Week 13. Even without Cutler and Matt Forte, they can do this, right?
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