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Bears 2009 Season Finale: Bears vs. Lions Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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The Lions haven't been 0-16 bad this season, but at 2-13, they're still pretty bad.

FINAL SCORE: Bears 37, Lions 23

Welcome to the Bears Game Day Season Finale.  Like any season finale, I expect there to be plenty of drama, wrapping up a few story lines and a clifhanger or two to hook you in for next season.. 

Sadly, a lot of what's going on in the Bears' universe has more to do with what's going on off the field with respect to the head coach and front office than what is going on between the white lines, but we all still tune in to see what happens between the white lines.

I've heard a growing trend that Lovie Smith saved his job with the effort the team put forth against the Vikings on Monday night.  I completely disagree.  Despite the entertaining game, did anyone notice that the Bears allowed 30 second half points?  Did anyone ask where this effort has been all season?

In case you're new to the party, I guess my fist question is, where the heck have you been all season?   We've been doing this for 15 games already!!!  Here's how Bears Game Day works.  I'll be providing a running commentary/game coverage as the action unfolds live in the Comments section below.    After the jump, I'll be providing a Scoring Summary to help you catch up if you're jumping in late. 

What makes this the most fun is for you to sign up and join the discussion.  As there are breaks in the action, I'll try to respond to comments and questions and pull in info from Twitter or other sources around the interwebs. 

Join me back before kickoff for game day inactives, injury updates and any breaking news. 
SCORING SUMMARY

Bears 3, Lions 0
Cutler and the Bears do a nice job mixing the run and pass to drive 54 yards on 11 plays.  Robbie Gould caps off the scoring drive with a 44 yard field goal.

Lions 3, Bears 3

A Brad Maynard shank sets the Lions up with a short field.  Some bad tackling give the Lions some bonus yardage.  Jason Hanson's 42 yard field goal ties it up.

Bears 6, Lions 3
Devin Hester's 44 yard kickoff return set the Bears up with a short field.  Cutler hit Olsen on a couple of passes to open the 2rd quarter to set up a goal to go situation, but the drive stalls in typical Bears fashion.  Robbie Gould hits a chip shot to give the Bears the lead.

Lions 10, Bears 6
Daunte Culpepper hits Bryant Johnson with a 12-yard TD pass to put the Lions up.  Mo Morris did a lot of the work on that Lions scoring drive. 

Bears 13, Lions 10
Bears march down the field before the end of the half with Cutler running the 2-minute drill.  Greg Olsen caps off the scoring drive with a 6-yard TD grab.

Bears 20, Lions 10
Bears take advantage of a botched Lions fake punt to open up the lead.  Cutler hits Devin Aromashodu with a short TD pass.   

Lions 13, Bears 20

Jason Hanson nails a 48 yarder to close it to a 1-score game. 

Lions 20, Bears 20
Calvin Johnson catches a 5-yard fade to knot the game up at 20 in the 4th quarter.  Lions finally starting to use Johnson and he's torching the battered Bears secondary. 

Bears 27, Lions 20

Jay Cutler lights it up on this drive, keyed by a huge 48-yard reception by Devin Hester.   Des Clark snags a 1-yard TD pass to put the Bears back up seven with 7:20 left in the game.

Lions 23, Bears 27
Lions march the ball right down the field on Lovie's Cover-2, but they stall late and kick what could be a meaningless 32 yard field goal to cut the lead to 4.

Bears 34, Lions 23

Cutler hits his 4th TD of the game and 2nd to Aromashodu to all but seal the game.  12 yard pass to DA gives Cutler 8 TD's over the last 2 weeks.  

Bears 37, Lions 23

Lions fumble away the ensuing kickoff and Robbie Gould kicks a 34-yarder to open it up to a 14 point lead. 

FINAL SCORE: Bears win 37-23
over the hapless Lions

Thanks to everyone who participated in Bears Game Day.  Despite the lousy record and disappointing season, I've had a blast hosting this little 16-week Bears party. 

Please stay tuned to FIRE LOVIE SMITH and Bear Goggles On for all your Bears and Lovie Smith coverage.  We've got your covered all year around.  

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Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears inactives: McGee, Basanez (3rd QB), Knox, Afalava, Manning, Louis, Marten, Toeaina

Not to mention Tillman and Idonije on IR since the last game. Starting safeties will be Steltz and Payne. Nathan Vasher gets the nod in place of Tillman at CB opposite Bowman. Calvin Johnson could blow up...

Mike Burzawa said:

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Lions inactives: Ramsey (3rd QB), Peerman, Witherspoon, Foote, Cohen, Gerberry, Schuening, Hilliard. That means rookie S Delmas starts

TheFoss1957 said:

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There are 11 million ($) reasons that Lovie will be in charge next year...not many of those reasons have to do with the Viking game...There is little that this game against the Cursed since sandbagging for Billy Sims Detroit team can do for this Bear Fan to "feel good" about a meaningless win at the end of the season...I don't think Lovie has the imagination even to use the game to evaluate Hanie, K. Bell, Beekman at Center, or whoever, using this game as a extended pre-2010 season scouting effort...which really would be the only reason this game could help the Bears' build ANYTHING, besides an artificial padding for the 2009 record...

Mike Burzawa said:

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Couldn't agree more. Winning a meaningless game won't do anything to change my opinion of Lovie.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Two disappointing, non-playoff teams set to kick off a meaningless game. I have never, ever rooted against the Bears and don't plan to start now, but a loss would go a long way to change we can believe in. Hester back to return the opening kickoff.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Nice second and third effort on the screen pass from Forte. Bears convert a slant to Bennett to move the chains. Forte rushes for the first time to pick up a three yards. Kahlil Bell subs in for Forte to pick up 7 yards and the first down. Strong running. Have we found a backup running back?

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears moving the ball well, mixing run and pass. DA with his first catch to convert another first down. Bears down to the Lions 30.

Mike Burzawa said:

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A rare Jason McKie sighting, picking up 4 yards on a little dumpoff. JC calls a time out facing 2nd and 6. He is 5 for 5 to start the game.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Jay tries a little should fake but can't hook up with Forte and/or Olsen. Not sure who blew it there. Cutler under heat and he angrily fires it into the ground. Lions sniffed out the screen. Gee, big surprise, the opponents could figure out our offensive plan. Bears stall, but Robbie is good as Gould to put the Bears up 3-0.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Daunte Culpepper at the controls for the Lions. An old nemesis from his days in Minnesota. Lions go to a hurry up offense. Tommie Harris busts through on 2nd down to blow up that play. Where has this effort been all year from Tommie? On third down, Calvin Johnson stops his route and it's an easy pick for Zack Bowman, his 6th pick of the year. Nice play! Bears will take over in Lions territory.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Cutler goes for the home run and Devin Hester can't haul it in in the end zone. Predictably after a missed bomb, Bears try to run and it's stuffed. 3rd and 11 coming up from the 42. Cutler cannot find anyone and throws it away. Bears will punt. Jay now 5 out of 9. Maynard with a pooch punt that is fair caught at the 10.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Talking about the crummy and predictable 2nd down runs, I know that RT will be the "sacrificial lamb" among the coaching staff...and in many ways deserves it, although, I can't think of a GOOD OC that would want to come in for a lame duck HC season in 2010...

Mike Burzawa said:

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From the Twitterverse: @BradBiggs Bears GM Jerry Angelo typically accessible in Ford Field press box prior to games. He was nowhere to be seen prior to kickoff.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears just got blown off the ball as Mo Morris picks up a big gain to get the Lions out of a hole.

Mike Burzawa said:

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And we have a random fan on the field. Somebody pop that guy. Tryouts are not until tomorrow.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Lions coach Schwartz is fired up - pissed about the spot on 2nd down. Bears fittingly blow up the 3rd and short to force a punt to D-Hest. He fair catches at about the 12 yard line.

Mike Burzawa said:

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In other NFL news, Wes Welker suffered a knee injury for the Pats, which will hurt them in the upcoming playoffs. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is playing for the Colts in a snowy Buffalo. Why is he playing???

Mike Burzawa said:

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Ron Turner has moved to the running page of his playbook, with two straight Forte runs. 3rd and 3 coming up. Cutler fires a pass to Forte, but he can't haul it in. Cutler took a shot from the blindside. Maynard with a skunk of a punt. It goes out of bounds at the Bears 48.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Alex Brown was held, negating a nice gain by the Lions. That backs them up out of Bears territory. Culpepper scrambles and hit Calvin Johnson. Kevin Payne whiffs on the tackle and they tack on more yardage. Bears tackling leaves a lot to be desired. Nathan Vasher looked like he was on a slip and slide.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears defense stiffens just enough to force a FG attempt. Hanson boots it through to knot it up at 3.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Devin Hester gave us a glimpse of days gone by, nearly busting off the ensuing kickoff. Bears take over near midfield with under a minute left in the first quarter.

MU377 said:

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This game is so bad NFL Red Zone wouldn't show anything until Hesters return

Mike Burzawa said:

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Can't blame em. Two non-playoff teams in a 3-3 dud.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Kahlil Bell is in for Forte. Two straight runs to set up a 3rd and 2 at the end of the first quarter.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Jay Cutler and Greg Olsen come out firing to open quarter #2. JC hits Olsen for a short conversion of 3rd and 2 and then a big play along the left sideline to set up first and goal from the 10.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Trent Green = Captain Obvious. If they don't pass, they might try a draw play. On 3rd and goal from the 10, ya think??? JC can't hook up with DA. Gould with a chip shot to get the Bears up 6-3. How about a sarcastic "YAY!" for the effort?

Mike Burzawa said:

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Lions run an end-around on the Bears to pick up a first down. Those sneaky Lions...

TheFoss1957 said:

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I admit to being old enough to have seen Gale Sayers running the ball in Wrigley for some awful teams...Carl Garrett running for some awful teams at Soldier...Walter Running as the ONLY offensive threat for some UNBELIEVABLY AWFUL teams...I am a fan of Neanderball...the RT/Cutler combo has been painfully toxic for this fan to endure, and I tend to blame the playcalling (RT lacks patience with the running part of the game) more than the QB. This fan wants to see the Fullback pound the damn rock...then see the HB run over the shattered bodies of the remnant DL...Even when we were a talentless team our guys could do that. But RT cannot resist the temptation abandon the running game to prove his genius over and over. There have been games in our team's history where the running game could be stuffed until the 20th carry, but, with patience, eventually the RBs would break through...the lure of instant reward passing and total lack of ball control has left our Defense way too exposed way too often, expecially when the high turnover rate passing this much has produced.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears DE's lose contain on back to back end arounds to both sides on consecutive plays. Thanks for exposing another glaring weakness Lions.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Another Lions penalty offsets another big Mo Morris pickup. 2nd and 21 for the Lions. Alex Brown in hot pursuit for Pep, who scrambles for a short gain. 3rd and 16 coming. Culpepper does a nice job scrambling on the blitz, but the Lions are short of the first down. Punt coming up, which goes into the end zone for a touchback.

thermal54 said:

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That official ID'ing the penalties sounds like Lovie.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears offense is so pathetically boring... Run, run, pass, punt. Run, run, pass, punt.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Better than Pass, pick, pass, sack, pass, sack + Fumble...oh, wait, the ball is on the ground again...

Colorado Bears Fan said:

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Omiyale with a false start ... this has been a "consistent" problem with the offensive line all season long. Invariably, this points to a lack of team discipline.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Oh wait, a penalty on Omiyale breaks the monotony. 3rd and 10 coming up. Cutler fumbles but BFF Greg Olsen falls on it. Maynard to punt it away. Lions will take over in Bears territory again.

MU377 said:

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Fire the entire coaching immediately following the game - This group is a joke

Mike Burzawa said:

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Anthony Adams blows the Lions running play up. Nice play! He's very underrated. Culpepper dumps it off to Morris for what appears to be a first down. 5:35 left in the half. Measurement coming up. Maybe Schwartz's tirade from earlier prompted a measurement here? Lions are just short. 3rd and 1 coming up. Pep on the keeper to pick up the first down.

Colorado Bears Fan said:

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Get the bumbling, clueless Lovie Smith off my T.V. screen!!

Mike Burzawa said:

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Only way to do that is to throw something through it!

Colorado Bears Fan said:

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Where is the intensity and motivation from this Bears team I saw last week? The Bears look like they are going through the motions.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Last week was Lovie's last stand. Must not think this one matters. Maybe a loss will be a wake up call?!?!?

Mike Burzawa said:

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Culpepper hits right down the middle for another first down inside the 20. Nathan Vasher and Nick Roach are down on that play. Ouch.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears are running out of linebackers. Will Tim Shaw get into the mix on defense? Jamar Williams will fill in for now.

TheFoss1957 said:

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I think McClover off the Special teams would be next on the depth chart...

Mike Burzawa said:

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Lions face a 3rd and 5 and Pep hits Bryant Johnson for a TD pass. First TD of the game goes to the Lions and with the PAT, they're up 10-6 on the Bears with 2:59 left in the half.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears set to run the 2-minute drill, take over from the 24. Cutler hits DA for a gain of 8. Cutler comes back to hit Des Clark to pick up the first down and take us to the minute warning. Can someone please nudge Ron Turner?? It's time to wake up! Open it up!!!

TheFoss1957 said:

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the two minute drill works best when RTs headset is on the fritz! Oh wait, Brian Griese just had to apologise again for succeeding on his own!

Mike Burzawa said:

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Jay Cutler apparently suffered a hand injury, but that doesn't slow him down. He hits Olsen for a big gain to the Lions 42. I knew it has been too long without seeing a bubble screen. Cutler hits DA for a 4 yard gain. Clock running down to 1:08. Frank Omiyale vying for the False Start Sweepstakes championship - another false start penalty, his second of the day. Cutler fires down the seam to no one. 3rd and 10. Bennett with a first down conversion. Bears time out with 54 seconds left.

Swendawg85 said:

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If you were Ron Turner wouldn't your last game as a offensive coordinator to empty the playbook...hook and ladder, triple reverse, flea flicker, what do you got to lose?

Mike Burzawa said:

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Cutler wiggles out of trouble with some nice moves in the backfield. He hits Hester for another first down. Now another catch by Bennett. Bears burn their final time out with 20 seconds left. Olsen is covered in the end zone. We are so predictable. Cover Olsen in the red zone and you stop the Bears. Lions take a time out with 15 seconds left, Bears one last shot at the end zone from the 6.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Cutler hits Olsen on the goal line for a TD! Bears go up 13-10 with 11 seconds left in the half.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Lions take a knee as the Bears head to the locker room up 13-10.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears Halftime leaders:

Cutler: 15/24 for 160 and 1 TD

Kahlil Bell: 4 carries for 18 yards (Forte 7 carries for 12 yards)

Greg Olsen: 4 catches for 63 yards and a TD

DitkaFan said:

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They will probably begin putting in the second string now to see how they preform.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Not a chance. Lovie will not risk losing this game if he can help it. You would think they'd want a convincing win to leave fans with a good feeling about this team, but they won't. Lovie and Turner will take the boring, conservative approach.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Also the unproductive, in the long term, approach...a meaningless win in a lost season, rather than a head start on potential future success (Hey! a guy can HOPE!)

DitkaFan said:

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Good point. Lovie needs a win to help preserve his job.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Mike, judging by the lack of traffic here and on other fan sites (at Windy City Sports, they haven't even bothered with a game thread!), I would say that Lovie's flat affect has killed off more than just his TEAM'S passion, but has done something even more difficult to accomplish, he has quelled the passion of Bear fans! That alone should be cause for removal...

Mike Burzawa said:

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I agree. You can almost always judge how big the game is by the activity on the site. The story has become more of what happens off the field than what's happening on it. SAD!

Mike Burzawa said:

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Final half of this miserable season is underway. Lions take over at the 23. Mo Morris continues to run hard, busting off another big run for a first down. Culpepper goes down behind the line. Mark Anderson on the sack? Not sure who will get credit for that one.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Not as miserable as the Gibron, Armstrong, or Dooley years...but more frustrating, because this should have been a more talented team than any those poor guys had.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Mark Anderson in the backfield again with a near sack, but Pep throws it away. Bears stop on 3rd and long and it's Devin Hester time again. Nope. Lions try a fake but the Bears stuff it! That was reminiscent of the Bears vs the Packers in Week 1. Bears take over in Lions territory.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Chris Meyers continues to call Cutler Culpepper. This after he's referred to Devin Hester as Devin Harris. Bad teams = bad announcers. Matt Forte bursts through the line for a first down.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Better this crew than the one with that idiot Siragusa...the sideline reporter here is a nobody, but, at least she isn't irritating!

TheFoss1957 said:

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Forte is SO much more effective with a FB in the backfield with him...IDK why RT would EVER dial up a single-back set...

TheFoss1957 said:

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Cutler has hit DBs in the numbers consistantly this year...Delmers drops this one...any number of Vikes had drops last week.

Mike Burzawa said:

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If you thought our game was bad, the Rams lead the Niners 3-0 in the 3rd quarter. YEESH! Cutler with a near INT. Of course, because we're in the RED ZONE. 3rd and 9 and Hester comes up with a successful bubble screen. Bears pick up the first down. First and goal.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Cutler hits DA for a TD pass. This game reminds me of the first meeting, when we were tied with the Lions at the half and the Bears blew it open in the second half. Bears up 10.

MU377 said:

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Unfortunately the reality is that the Bears sell out every game so the McCaskey's have no financial motivation to change coaches. With a price tag of over 11M to dump Lovie, the chance of a new head coach is remote. We are stuck with this mediocrity for at least two more years.

Mike Burzawa said:

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At least 2 more years. The work stoppage looming in 2011 really hurts our chances of canning Lovie.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Tim Shaw having the Special Teams game of the year. He's got 5 tackles on Teams. Brian Urlacher injury = dark cloud, Tim Shaw = silver lining.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Did I mention how bad the Lions are?

TheFoss1957 said:

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cursed since they threw games to draft Sims!

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears D Line has a party in the backfield. Anderson, Brown and Harris all surround Pep to force another punt. No fake this time, but not much of a Hester return either. Cutler will head back out to lead the offense.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Forte with a little shake and bake, but Olin Kreutz with a hold. Is this Olin's last game as a Bear?

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears face a 2nd and 15 from the 23 and they try a running play to Forte up the gut. If you're going to run there, why not at least try to get to the edge? Come on, Turner!!! Now a screen pass to Forte on 3rd and forever. Bears set to punt.

christian h. said:

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Oh man so we are playing not to lose - against the Lions?

Mike Burzawa said:

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Why is it every time we get a lead, Turner and the offense just go into a shell? Could we for once try to exhibit a killer instinct and try to, oh, I don't know, SCORE when we have a lead? Why do we have to be tied or down to try on offense?

christian h. said:

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Technical point: it still takes forever for a comment to post on this site. Surely not an incentive to participate.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Christian, if you think you're frustrated, how do you think I feel? I've begged, but the Misers at ChicagoNow won't open up the budget!

christian h. said:

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I understand - I was certainlt not addressing the comment to you, but to TPTB.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Anthony Adams blows up another running attempt. 3rd and 6 for the Lions and Culpepper hits Calvin Johnson for his second catch of the day.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Lions keep running the fake end-around action. After successfully running the end around a couple of times, they take advantage o f our LB's by holding them to create a throwing lane. As bad as they are, it's refreshing to see a team set things up and actually take advantage of it. Jason Hanson hits a 48-yarder to close the gap to 7 with 1:50 left in the 3rd quarter.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Contrary to Chris Meyers, Adrian Peterson with a holding penalty to back the Bears up to the 15 yard line. Cutler tries a bomb to DA, but he can't get enough under it to get it deep enough. Kahlil Bell with a nice run to pick up a first down.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Chris Meyers, "The Lions defensive line broke through like they were at airport security in Amsterdam." Bad taste much? How about a 9/11 joke, dickweed???

TheFoss1957 said:

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Olberman made a career out of that kind of "wit"

Mike Burzawa said:

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Cutler has to throw it away to open the final quarter of the season. Bears will punt only up a score. Lions start with the ball at their own 40.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Anderson blows contain...again...honestly, the guy is a one trick pony, and Lovie, in his infinite wisdom, tried to ramrod this guy in froont of AB last year?

Mike Burzawa said:

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Calvin Johnson starting to wake up. He's got another big catch on a Culpepper rollout. Lions moving. Another tricky Lions play. A reverse is nearly botched. They get Mo Morris running left and then reversed it to Calvin Johnson on a pitch that was fumbled. Lions false start backs em up. Culpepper can't scramble for the first, but they convert 4th down to Calvin Johnson.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Lions marching and it's first and goal. Corey Graham limps off. Lions run up the gut to Brown to get it down to the 5. 2nd and goal. Calvin Johnson appears to catch the fade for a TD against Zack Bowman. Wonder if we'll see a challenge here from Lovie del Negro? Nope. Lions with the PAT and it's tied up.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Poor Bowman one on one with Calvin J. No contest... (too bad RT cannot see how forcing respect for even a less than stellar running game opens up other plays)

Mike Burzawa said:

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Devin Hester brings the ensuing kickoff out of the end zone and is pulled down short of the 15. Wonder what Turner has in mind for the Bears offense? More run, run, pass, punt?

christian h. said:

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I'd think pass- pass- run - punt.

Mike Burzawa said:

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We have a Forte run...

Trent Green is begging to see Cutler out of the pocket.

Fake handoff to Forte and then Cutler throws to him, but he can't hang on. What's the point of faking to him and then throwing to him right away? 3rd and 5. Cutler hits and HUGE strike to connect with Hester for a 48 yard gain. WOW!

Mike Burzawa said:

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Cutler hits Olsen on an out that gets down inside the 5. First anf goal Bears! Forte takes it off left guard and a flag flies in. Holding on the Lions. First and goal from the 1 foot line. Cutler to a wide open Des Clark. Touchdown Bears! Again, why does it take us being tied or down to try on offense. Bears back up by 7.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Good answer drive...now to try to stop Culpeper to C. Johnson

Mike Burzawa said:

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Time for Lovie's defense to step it up. It looks like Culpepper will have to dink and dunk it down the field. Typical Cover-2 defense will let the Lions move the ball but supposedly stop the big plays. We'll see about that.

TheFoss1957 said:

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The League has had 4 years to counter plan Lovie's version of the Cover-2...

TheFoss1957 said:

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Briggs whiffs on a FULLBACK!!?

Mike Burzawa said:

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Briggs fell down on the checkdown and the Lions' Felton turns it into a 24 yard gain. Zack Bowman gets charged with a delay of game on defense. Not sure I've ever seen that. Lions with another dump off to get it down inside the 20. This is so typical of Lovie's defense.

MU377 said:

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Exactly why did we get rid of Ron Rivera? If Lovie comes back they have got to strip him of his defensive coordinator duties - he is as bad as Ron Turner is at calling offensive plays.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Culpepper nearly picked off in the end zone by Bowman. With under 5 minutes left, Pep throws it away on 2nd down. 3rd and 10 from the 14. Lions take a time out to talk it over.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Bears get a decent pass rush to force an errant Culpepper throw. Lions line up for a potentially meaningless field goal. Lions cut it to a 4 point game with just over 4 and a half minutes to go.

Colorado Bears Fan said:

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Bears defense is so damn soft thanks to Lovie. I remember when the Bears scored 20+ points, it would be a sure victory.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Cutler has evened his TD/INT ratio at 26. If he can get through the last 4:30 without a pick, that will be a plus for him. 7 TD's and 1 INT in the last 2 weeks.

TheFoss1957 said:

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Like I said earlier...patience with the run can pay off, EVEN WHEN EXPECTED!

Mike Burzawa said:

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Lions need a stop in the worst way, but Forte with a HUGE run to flip the field and set the Bears up in the RED ZONE. 53 yard gain. A Bears TD would seal the game, but I'm sure that Turner will go conservative and play for the FG.

Colorado Bears Fan said:

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Forte breaks a rare run of more than 3-5 yards ... up until that 53-yard jaunt he was averaging just over 3-yars per carry.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Jason McKie shaken up for the Bears. Forte over the century mark for the Bears. Kahlil Bell rushes for a short gain. Lions burn their last time out at 3:02 to go. No timeouts left for either side now.

jack lacan said:

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Granddaughers here for Grandma / Grandpa sleep over...Just took a look --- very ugly score...very ugly...

Thanks Mike for monitoring the blog...

As that "Jim Rome" says --- I'm out...

Mike Burzawa said:

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Thanks for a great season Jack!

KPOM said:

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Too bad we couldn't play the Lions all 16 games. We might have made the playoffs.

Colorado Bears Fan said:

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Another TD by Aromashouda. Let's see ... he's started three games and has 4 TDs. Once again, why has he been on the Practice Squad all season Lovie? Lovie's inability to evaluate and develop talent, coupled with his terrible defensive scheme and play calling should be the nail in the coffin to fire him!

KPOM said:

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Nice win. At least we don't have to give up too great a draft pick for Cutler.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Cutler hits DA for 2nd of the day and that gives him more TD's than INT's for the season. Bears recover a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to all but ice the game.

KPOM said:

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Even the Cover 2 defense should be able to protect an 11 point lead with under 3 minutes.

Mike Burzawa said:

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At the 2 minute warning with this one in the bag to ensure a 7-9 season, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for participating in this little project all season. Despite the lousy record, I've had a lot of fun hosting Game Day.

KPOM said:

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Thanks, Mike. I didn't know what to expect after the demise of Bear With Us, but these comment boards have been pretty active throughout the year.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Thanks KPOM. Appreciate your participation throughout the season.

KPOM said:

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I'll be back nwxt year. Hopefully the Bears' coaching staff won't be.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Robbie Gould on to kick a chip shot to pad the stats. Bears open it up to the 14 point lead.

Colorado Bears Fan said:

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Fire Lovie, Fire Lovie, Fire Lovie, Fire Lovie, Fire Lovie ... and Jerry Angelo, Jerry Angelo, Jerry Angelo, Jerry Angelo, Jerry Angelo!!

Mike Burzawa said:

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Louder!

TheFoss1957 said:

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Thanks Mike...and as we anticipated we finish with a meaningless win to pad the 2009 record...and learned little we didn't already know for next season...

Mike Burzawa said:

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Thanks for your participation Foss. You've been around quite a bit this year. Keep in touch and GO BEARS!!!

Mike Burzawa said:

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With just under a minute left, the Lions take a huge return. Juaquin Iglesias saves the TD. At least he made the stat sheet this season. 53 yard return sets the Lions up. Pep tosses one up into the end zone but it's broken up by Steltz. 52 seconds to go. Culpepper hits one underneath but without any timeouts, the Lions don't have enough time to do anything.

Mike Burzawa said:

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Last gasp for the Lions but they run out of time before they can score. Bears win! Bears win! Bears win! Now Lovie-watch can take full effect. Thanks again to everyone. Be sure to check out FIRE LOVIE SMITH and Bear Goggles On for all your Bears and Lovie Smith news in what figures to be a critical offseason for the Bears who head home early for the third straight season since their Super Bowl appearance.

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