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Simulation says: Bears in for reality check

They end up losing to the Packers ... again

September 05, 2012|By Ryan Smith | For RedEye

Last week, EA Sports got Bears fans in a tizzy by predicting the Bears would finish 12-4 in the regular season and earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC. RedEye then upped the ante by using "Madden NFL 13" to simulate the regular season and playoffs. If real life reflects video games, this season will play out like an eerie flashback to 2010—complete with an agonizing NFC championship loss to the hated Packers. Here's the blow-by-blow:

Game 1: Bears 40, Indianapolis 38

The Colts and new franchise QB Andrew Luck almost has enough luck to spoil the Bears' home opener, but Jay Cutler hit his new main squeeze, Brandon Marshall, for a 17-yard TD.

Game 2: Green Bay 38, Bears 35

Someone should put out an Amber Alert for the Bears defense. For the second game in a row, Cutler and Crew light up the scoreboard, but the D allows Cedric Benson to run for 200 yards and two touchdowns. That's right, THAT Cedric Benson.

Game 3: Bears 34, St. Louis 21

That's better. The Bears defense gets some of its teeth back by picking off three Sam Bradford passes and holding the Rams offense to two touchdowns. Rookie wideout Alshon Jeffrey has his first big game as a pro with 88 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Game 4: Bears 27, Dallas 24

Brian Urlacher suddenly looks 10 years younger. He racks up 12 tackles and forces a fumble as the Bears edge the Cowboys.

Game 5: Bears 51, Jacksonville 14

Have mercy, Bears! Taking advantage of a muddled QB situation in J-Town, the defense picks off Chad Henne five times and sacks him six times in a romp over the Jaguars.

Game 6 vs. Detroit 34, Bears 27

Totally disregarding the Madden cover curse, Detroit superstar Calvin Johnson nabs nine catches for 184 yards and two scores as the Lions erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Game 7: Bears 38, Carolina 28

Behind Cam Newton's big arm, the frisky Panthers outgain the Bears but ultimately lose because of the turnover battle. The Panthers cough up the ball three times compared to none for the Bears.

Game 8: Bears 31, Tennessee 3

The Bears make the Titans look pretty tiny. Matt Forte and Michael Bush combine for 165 yards on the ground and two touchdowns and the Bears defense takes care of the rest.

Game 9: Bears 36, Houston 20

Marshall and Cutler are starting to establish quite a groove thing on the field. They hook up for 106 yards and a touchdown in another big game on offense for Chicago.

Game 10: San Francisco 29, Bears 26

The Bears' furious fourth-quarter comeback that includes 16 points in just over 12 minutes comes up short as Alex Smith's three TD passes are enough for the defending NFC West champs.

Game 11: Minnesota 38, Bears 20

Oops. Even though the Bears knock Vikings starting QB Christian Ponder out of the game, they can't stop backup Joe Webb from tossing two scores in Minnesota's upset special.

Game 12: Bears 32, Seattle 29

It wasn't pretty, but the Bears hold on against Matt Flynn and the upstart Seahawks. The Bears running game carries the offense with 228 yards, including a season-high 116 for Bush.

Game 13: Bears 34, Minnesota 14

Revenge is sweet. Two weeks after an embarrassing loss at home to the Vikings, the Bears stuff the Minnesota passing game and gain an eye-popping 572 total yards.

Game 14: Bears 29, Green Bay 11

Aaron Rodgers eviscerated the Bears' defense in Week 2, but Mr. Discount Double Check is held in check this time, throwing for a season-low 143 yards and no touchdowns.

Game 15: Bears 37, Arizona 7

Are we sure John Skelton doesn't secretly play for the Bears? The Cardinals QB hurls six interceptions—two to cornerback Tim Jennings—in the Bears' easy, breezy victory. Free Kevin Kolb!

Game 16: Lions 25, Bears 13

With a division title on the line, the Bears lay a big fat egg against the Lions. Again, the defense can't find an answer to the Stafford-Johnson connection.

PLAYOFFS

Wild-card round: Bears 26, Atlanta 17

Forget Jay and Kristin—Jay and Brandon are the new Chicago power couple. Marshall catches 10 special deliveries for 126 yards and a touchdown as the Bears roll against the Falcons.

Divisional round: Bears 41, San Francisco 27

So much for the vaunted Niners D. Cutler cuts them down to size to the tune of 359 yards through the air and four touchdowns.

NFC championship: Green Bay 29, Bears 20

No! Not again! The Bears offensive line allows the Packers to run wild as they sack Cutler six times in another soul-crushing defeat to their NFC North archrivals.

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