Bears fall 21-14 in the NFC Championship Game
Interesting that the Bears lose in this manner. First of all, I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to the Chicago Bears for their 2010 season; I think if you would have told anyone that the Bears would not only make the playoffs, but host the NFC Championship Game, they would have called you an optimistic homer, at best. But here we were. And I think it is fitting that, in spite of all that has happened over the last 2 years, that this game can be boiled down to an old formula—a dominating defense that fought valiantly, but were let down by an inept offense. Just a couple thoughts before we turn the page to next year:
1) Brian Urlacher should be given some consideration as the best defensive player on the planet. It seems that he always has his best games when the Bears are in their worst situations, and today was no different. 10 tackles, 2 for loss; 1 sack; 1 interception. I think the only thing he did that would be considered a bad play would be the fact that he got tackled by Aaron Rodgers on the way to a TD on his interception. Other than that, he played about as good a game as you can from the spot of middle linebacker.
2) Tim Jennings is obviously the weak link on our defense. To his credit, Tim Jennings has competed well and held his own at times throughout the season, but he was picked on almost exclusively by Greg Jennings, to the tune of 8 catches for 130 yards. We have to upgrade this position this offseason.
3) Left tackle has to be addressed this offseason. Frank Omiyale was exploited often this season; whether it is lack of talent or lack of intensity or bad techinque—this position has to be addressed via free agency or the draft.
4) Our offense needs a big,physical, jam-busting, short-yardage WR. In big short-yardage situations, we were forced to go to RB Matt Forte because none of our WRs can fight a jam and make a big catch. I do hear that a certain WR in Arizona might be looking for a trade. With not too many guys looking like they may amke an impact where we are drafting (either #29 or #30), this may be worth looking into.
But I will say that I am tremendously proud of how our team competed, despite losing our starting QB for all of the second half. Good Season, Bears!!!