December 30, 2012 |
It came down to this. The Bears needed a win over Detroit and a Minnesota loss to Green Bay on Sunday to make the playoffs. It's likely coach Lovie Smith's job hung in the balance, too, considering his teams had just one playoff berth since the 2006 season. And as luck would have it, Sunday's games were staggered, meaning that for six-plus hours Bears fans' nerves were in overdrive. Here's how the day played out, and how fans were feeling at the time, from dejected, to doubtful, to hopeful, to elated.
December 12, 2012 |
It was Dec. 5, a regular Wednesday at Halas Hall, and Brandon Marshall was at the podium talking about injuries. Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery had missed the recent game against Seattle, while fellow receiver Earl Bennett had suffered a concussion in that game. Were the Bears healthy? Marshall gave the answer all players give, one that amounts to: It's Week 14 in the NFL. Nobody's healthy. Then he paused, and smiled slightly. "Maybe a kicker," he said, as reporters chuckled.
December 3, 2012 |
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.
December 2, 2012 |
Sure, several key Bears were injured last week. But there were still upbeat entering Sunday. They simply had to deal with Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch and a Seattle team that had beaten them the past two regular-season meetings at Soldier Field. However, when the dust settled, the Seahawks emerged with a 23-17 overtime win, relegating the Bears to a first-place tie with Green Bay. Who played like a beast and who ended up a bust? BEAST Sidney Rice The former Minnesota Viking hauled in one clutch catch after another, including the game-winning touchdown...
November 26, 2012 |
The number of Bears who have missed entire games this season gets scarier each week. Jay Cutler, Shea McClellin and Earl Bennett are on that list, and they may at least hope to play next week. Among the Bears who are done for the year or whose status is in doubt, we ranked them on our worry scale from 1 (they can get by) to 4 (prepare for disaster). - Tribune contributed Lance Louis, OL (knee) The offensive line is thin as it is, and Cutler's health is shaky at best.
November 15, 2012 |
You notice Brandon Marshall on the practice field. Damn, there he is. There's Brandon Marshall. Long. Tall. Agile. Fast. Stretching for the football. Leaning so far looks like the field is tilting beneath him. It's a cool, sunny afternoon at Soldier Field, and the quarterbacks and receivers are running drills. Marshall makes his catch. Devin Hester and Earl Bennett do the same. "Great job, Earl!" Marshall yells from the other side of the field. Now comes Jason Campbell and the second team.