Redskins hand Bears lump of coal in 41-21 setback

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Bears drop second-straight, losing 26-18 to Saints.
Against a festive holiday backdrop of a Christmas Eve matinee, the Chicago Bears came up with a Grinch-like performance in a demoralizing 41-21 loss to the Washington Redskins Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. The Bears dropped to 3-12, their most losses since 2002, while Washington kept its flickering playoff hopes alive by moving to 8-6-1.

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins sliced a porous Chicago secondary for 270 yards,  2 touchdown runs and a touchdown pass and a 104.1 passer rating in leading his team to an easy win. Admittedly, Cousins faced an injury-depleted Bear attack unit, but Washington displayed its dominance by scoring on 5 straight possessions and 7 of 10 drives overall.

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Bears veteran CB Tracy Porter was victimized early and often by speedy Redskins WR Desean Jackson. “S—ty performance by me, man,” Porter said. “I embarrassed my teammates, embarrassed the coaches and myself. It started with me.”

Porter wasn’t alone. Chicago QB Matt Barkley, who impressed many with his accuracy and poise up until Saturday, turned in another multiple turnover performance, throwing five interceptions, and misfiring often on other pass attempts. Barkley has committed 8 miscues over the last two weeks, adding further question marks into the Bears search for a long-term solution at QB.


Close but no cigar: Bears fall to Packers again

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The Chicago Bears rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to tie the game, but Aaron Rodgers did them one better in lifting Green Bay over the Bears 30-27 at frigid Soldier Field Sunday afternoon.  The Bears fall to 3-11 while the Packers remain in the NFC playoff hunt at 8-6.

After Chicago’s Connor Barth tied the game at 27, the Packers took over on the ensuing possession and faced a 3-and-11 from inside the 30 with under a minute to play. Rodgers had plenty of time to survey the field and uncorked a 60-yard completion to Jordy Nelson, who had a step on Bears defender Cre’Von LeBlanc. With time winding down, Green Bay’s Mason Crosby came on to boot a 32-yard field goal that broke the Bears hearts. “We just didn’t execute as well,” said Chicago head coach John Fox. “It was a pretty good ball by No. 12 and he can do that. They executed on that play better than we did. Our guys fought hard. We had an opportunity to win a game and we came up short. It’s happened quite a few times here of late.”.

The disappointing conclusion nixed a furious Bears comeback directed by Matt Barkley. Barkley nearly overcame a four turnover day (three interceptions, fumble lost) were it not for Rodgers late heroics. With the Packers leading 27-10 late in the third quarter. Barkley engineered consecutive drives that culminated with a 8-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery, a 9-yard burst by Jordan Howard, and Barth’s 32-yard field goal to knot the game at 27-all.  Barkley finished 30-of 43-passes for a career-high 362 yards with two TDs, three interceptions and an 81.7 passer rating.


Penalties loom large in Bears narrow loss

11 penalties for 139 yards were too much for the Chicago Bears to overcome in a hard-fought, but disappointing 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon at Ford Field. The Bears fall to 3-10 and remain winless on the road (0-7), while the Lions won their fifth straight game and lead the NFC North at 9-4.

“Those are parts of the game, things we have to clean up, get better and learn from hopefully”, assessed Bears head coach John Fox. “You don’t see those types of things until you look at the tape, but we’ll evaluate that, correct it, and move forward.

With under two minutes to play, Bears QB Matt Barkley marched his club into Detroit territory, but costly back-to-back holding calls on OT Charles Leno Jr. and G Ted Larsen wiped out potentially huge pass completions and negated the Bears attempt to tie the score or take the lead. On fourth-and-11, Barkley’s pass bounced off Josh Bellamy’s helmet, and so did any chances for Chicago to notch back to back wins.


Bears dominate 49’ers

The Chicago Bears scored 26 unanswered points and rookie running back Jordan Howard rushed for three touchdowns in a dominating 26-6 win over the San Francisco 49’ers at snowy Soldier Field. The Bears notched a rare home victory to move to 3-9 on the season, while the hapless 49’ers dropped their 11th consecutive game to fall to 1-11.

On a day when conditions on the lakefront reduced visibility and made traction slippery, things didn’t start out well for the Bears. San Francisco took advantage of two special teams mistakes, a Pat O’Donnell blocked punt and a fumble recovery on the ensuring kickoff by returner Deonte Thompson, to take a early 6-0 lead on the strength of two Phil Dawson field goals (31 and 28 yards).  Neither team could generate a passing attack, though San Francisco was able to control the clock and field position throughout most of the first half.

Things all changed when the Bears took over in the first half’s final two minutes trailing 6-0. Chicago QB Matt Barkley, much like last week when he nearly rallied the Bears to victory, found success through the air. He moved the club quickly downfield, culminating in Howard’s one-yard plunge to tie the game at 6. Connor Barth’s extra point gave Chicago a 7-6 advantage at the halftime break.