Three plays that defined the Bears loss

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While the Bears were outplayed in all three phases by the Lions, three plays stand out that contributed to the loss.

Off Hester's Finger Tips
After failing on a fourth and short attempt, Matthew Stafford hit Calvin Johnson on an 88 yard pass as Johnson beat Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather down the seam. The Bears needed to answer with points. As the offense was marching down the field, Jay Cutler spotted Devin Hester in one-on-one coverage and threw a pass that hit Hester's fingertips, a catch-able ball. Instead of a touchdown the Bears had to settle for a field goal.

Unnecessary Roughness Call On Urlacher
At this point in the game, the Bears were still up 10-7. The Lions were marching down the field and Matthew Stafford hit Tony Scheffler for a 12 yard game. Brian Urlacher stopped Scheffler cold as he led with his shoulder. Urlacher was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty for 15 yards. The total net yardage of the play was 27 yards and gave the Lions the ball at the 18 yard line in Bears territory. On the next play, Stafford hit Brandon Pettigrew for the go ahead touchdown.

Back Shoulder Pass To Forte Incomplete
After the Pettigrew touchdown, again, the Bears need to answer with points of their own. On a 3rd and 4, Cutler threw a back shoulder pass in Matt Forte's direction as he was covered by a linebacker. Cutler threw a pass behind the defender and hit Forte in the stomach for an incompletion. If Forte makes the reception, there's a good chance he scores on the play or at the very least puts the offense in field goal position. On the Lions next drive, Jahvid Best goes untouched for an 88 yard run for a touchdown.


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  • I would say the three plays are
    Stafford, 73 yards to Calvin Johnson
    Best, 88 yard run, untouched
    Reversal of pass interference against Dane

    The first two are obviously the most important plays of the game.

    The last exemplifies how badly the Bears were outcoached. Compare that intelligent challenge against the bozo challenge that Lovie made. A difference in coaching savvy is rarely so glaringly obvious.

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