Minnesota Vikings: 20
Chicago Bears: 13
Bears officially eliminated from playoffs
The Chicago Bears lost to the Minnesota Vikings in front of a national television audience on Monday Night Football. Although the Bears had been mathematically still in the playoff race, this loss confirmed what everyone already knew: The Bears will have no post-season this year.
Kyle Orton returned to quarterback after a two year absence and was not the savior that we were hoping for. There was a spark of something great early on, where Orton moved out of the pocket to avoid a sack. I actually gasped! That was the only highlight though, as he spent the rest of the game getting sacked and had a lot of three-and-outs.
Brian Urlacher was really the only high point, coming up with sacks, turnovers, and generally being the Urlacher that we have always known. Nathan Vasher returned from injury to make an interception.
Despite how poorly they played, the Bears still had a chance to win, leading at halftime and through three quarters. They were down 20-13 with under two minutes and Orton threw a bomb into the endzone, but it was picked off.
With a different quarterback would that have been a touchdown? I don’t know. I suppose that the way that they played that game the Bears didn’t deserve to win it, but it would have been nice to have the game tied up and go into overtime. Then maybe they would have had a chance. Of course, the way that there season has gone, they would have lost the toss and the Vikings would have easily scored.
When the season began, there was not a part of me that would have believed that the Super Bowl curse would strike the Bears and that they would not even make the playoffs this year. What a disappointing season it has been for all of us.
Photo Source: Chicago Tribune, Charles Cherney