Yet another huge Bears-Packers game before which I had great hopes for the Bears to step up, and once again they didn’t. Maybe this is Karmic retribution. When I was young, I had no appreciation for how special it was for the Bears to dominate the Packers. In my first 14 years watching the team (1979-1993) the Bears’ record against Green Bay was 18-10. That record isn’t indicative as I was fortunate to see a 61-7 Bears domination and 8-0 and 12-2 Bears runs from 1985-1991. So the 10-18 record from 1994 to now sucks.
However. I have to say, I was one of those wanting to see Lovie Smith fired following the disasters from 2007-2009. But I watched his postgame press conference and have suddenly found a lot of respect for him. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that after the Bears gave up the fake field goal touchdown, that was literally the most disgusted I have ever seen him. He showed how PO’ed he was even though he prides himself on never showing too much emotion, high or low.
I could tell in the press conference how much he wanted this game. And I believed in his words–this is one loss. It’s a hell of a tough loss, but one loss in the standings. He is absolutely right that in the NFL, sometimes things just don’t go your way. Tonight was a horrible game, but the season isn’t over. I just hope the Bears remember how humiliated they should feel tonight when Green Bay comes to Chicago in December.
The most disappointing part of it for me was to see the Bears defense play a HELL of a game tonight. If not for the final couple touchdowns given up mainly due to terrible positions the offense put them in, I’d say that was a defensive game for the ages against the high-powered Packers offense. But it was what it was, and now is what it is.
It was one game. Keep playing tough and remember this feeling December 16.