The headline isn’t that the Bears lost to the Seahawks, although the third straight loss at home to the Pete Carroll team may end up being the big news of the year.
I was watching the game with my good Buccaneers fan friend. After this awesome defense we love to watch surrendered a 97-yard drive to lose the lead, I explained to him how in 2008 the Falcons threw one pass, kicked a field goal and beat the Bears. When Cutler hit Marshall for the 56-yard completion it was like deja vu. Unfortunately Robbie Gould’s 46-yard field goal, however brilliant, couldn’t win this game outright.
Being a Bucs fan I also knew my bud was familiar with Lovie’s “Tampa Two” defense, which has done us so well this year. Problem is, as we all know, late in the game they play bend-but-not-break and today they broke on two consecutive drives. Unfortunately our most exciting defense allowed Seattle to go 97 yards to go ahead in regulation, then after winning the overtime toss they went 80 yards to win the game.
Having missed the chance to stay a game up on Green Bay, the Bears now find themselves again chasing the wild card with games against the Vikings and Packers in the next two weeks.
I said it before and I’ll say it again, this 2012 Bears defense has unquestionably been the most fun to watch since 1985, but they lost this game. It happens. But the stakes are very high.
If I were Lovie Smith (and I’m not religious and perfect enough to be him), I might address the team by saying EVERYTHING IS A TRAVESTY WITH YOU. Seriously, the Bears lose despite playing great defense against the Packers and Texans because their offense can’t do crap. Today Jay Cutler plays as every bit the best Bears quarterback in their history, and their defense plays great for 58 minutes, but the D ends up losing the game.
Is what is is. The season hangs on the Bears winning out and beating the Packers at Soldier Field. If they don’t, they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.