Different year, different stakes, different Bears team, same results. Over the last 20 seasons, the Bears have lost 30 of the 41 matchups including the 2010 NFC Championship. Against Aaron Rodgers, the Bears are a miserable 2-10. This is why before the game I was hopeful, but did not expect a Bears victory. There is no reason that I should have. Until the Bears prove they can win consistently over Rodgers or in games that matter, I will not believe they have a chance against their rivals.
I don’t even have a bad taste in my mouth about the Packers. True, I will never like them as the Bears’ greatest rivals, but right now I have no animosity. After the Detroit Lions controlled the division then gave it away, the Bears controlled it and gave it away to Green Bay. So who could not give some credit to the Packers for enduring. They held the Bears off when Chicago couldn’t score despite having many chances to do so in the first half, then they took the Bears’ stupidity on two particular plays and used it to win.
I am frustrated with the officials for three reasons. First, I believe on the third play of the game, Alshon Jeffery was interfered with on third down, forcing the Bears to punt. No call by the refs, when they called virtually the same penalty against the Bears on the next series. Second, the roughing the passer penalty of Shea McClellin on Aaron Rodgers was bogus. Finally, clearly the play clock expired on Green Bay’s first fourth-down conversion of their final drive.
But these are petty grievances when the entire Bears defense lost the game by ignoring a fumble and allowing the Packers an easy touchdown, and when Chris Conte blew coverage on the decisive Packer touchdown. Given these inexcusable gaffes, the Bears deserved to lose. And they lost in very fitting fashion.
The 2013 Chicago Bears defense was their worst ever-and that’s saying a lot considering the Dave Wannstedt years. They by far gave up the most yards ever in franchise history, never allowed less than 20 points in any game, allowed the most points in team history, even losing a game in which they scored 41 points. Awful. Vomit-inducing.
As I left my seats with thousands of other dejected Bears fans postgame on Sunday, a fan in the first row of my section was screaming and punching his seat. A security person approached as the fan said “I don’t give a damn what security says, I’m pissed…etc.” My mantra for the rest of Sunday night became “if you’re that mad about a game, your life must be perfect. Don’t most of the rest of us have enough real problems to make yet another Bears loss to the Packers no big deal?”
Indeed, I know I do. Happy New Year Bears fans.