A Bears fan reacts after wide receiver Earl Bennett dropped a sure touchdown… (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune )
Are you still ticked about Sunday's Bears loss? It was a special kind of frustrating, a level of hair-pulling and flat-screen shooting that only a few of Lovie Smith's 61 losses have reached. Here are the five worst games for frustrating Bears fans, ranked by amount of yelling we did at our TVs:
No. 5: Dec. 11, 2011: Getting Tebowed
With Jay Cutler out, the Bears weren't expected to do much. But entering this Denver tilt, Chicago was 7-5 and still had wild-card hopes with a win over a terrible Broncos offense "led" by Tim Tebow. Chicago had Denver timeout-less and dead, winning 10-7 with 2 minutes to go—until Marion Barber stupidly ran out of bounds on second-and-10. Tebow got 56 seconds to use instead of 15, and Denver tied the game on a 59-yard boot. Oh, Barber fumbled in OT, too. Thanks, guy.
No. 4: Nov. 12, 2009: Thursday Night Nightmare
49, 47, 43, 12 and 1. Those were the yard lines in San Francisco territory from which Cutler threw interceptions that night. The Bears defense played wonderfully; they lost 10-6.
No. 3: Jan. 15, 2006: The Steve Smith Game
How many times did you yell "COVER HIM? WHY WON'T YOU DOUBLE-COVER HIM!?!?" during this game? The Bears squandered the No. 2 seed as Steve Smith caught 12 balls for 218 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 2: Dec. 2, 2012: I Don't Have A Catchy Name Yet
Passing up the easy three points early. Earl Bennett dropping a wide-open TD. Losing the coin flip. Never getting the ball in OT. I still can't believe they lost.
No. 1: Oct. 12, 2008: We Won! We Lost?!
Kyle Orton—Kyle Orton!—ran a perfect 2-minute drill against a tough Atlanta defense and nailed Rashied Davis for a TD with 11 seconds remaining. Bears win 20-19! Then, inexplicably, the Bears squib-kicked to the Falcons, giving Matt Ryan a sliver of a chance with 6 ticks left. He hit a perfect 26-yard out route with 1 second remaining—HOW DID WE LET THEM DO THAT??!—and the Jason Elam 48-yard field goal was good. As a final insult that year, the Bears went 9-7 and lost out on the final wild-card spot to 9-6-1 Philly. Yay.
Alex Quigley is a RedEye special contributor.
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