Bears Down

If graciousness were in my playbook, I’d say, “Go! You Packers! Go!” and wish them well in bringing home the bacon to old Green Bay. But that’s a big if. Instead, I’ll note that the sum total of my media experience for the game was turning on CBS Radio when we got back in range (we were driving home from a weekend outing to the Mendocino coast) and hearing, “So the Packers will move on to the Super Bowl, beating the Bears 21-14.” Which only left the suspense of how well or badly the game was actually played. I come away from the game stories I’ve seen feeling like the Packers needed luck to get out of there with the game and the Bears supplied it. Not a bitter disappointment–the Bears were clearly not a great team, but they were entertaining on their better days. It would have been a great story to see the third-string quarterback bring ’em home.

2 Replies to “Bears Down”

  1. A lot more wretched play than luck, one way or the other, on display in that game today. Still, plenty of drama, so it didn’t lack for appeal. Packers utterly dominated for three quarters. At one point I think they had 18 first downs to the Bears’ six. But the Bears stayed in it with some great defense at key moments, then really shut down Green Bay in the fourth quarter while making a couple of big plays on offense. Had the ball inside the Green Bay 30 in the last minute with a chance to force OT, but, alas, an INT ended it.

  2. I guess the luck I was thinking about was the third-stringer slinging the ball to a lineman for the deciding score. It was cool the way the kid came right back and they scored again and then had that shot to tie it at the end. Wish they could have pulled it out.

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