Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) hits Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and causes a fumble during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Week 17 Milk Carton


Oh my God. I’m going to begin this last Milk Carton by saying how much more agonizing these games got as the season progressed. The Detroit game was more than frustrating. The second and 7 debacle was a pathetic joke. The Green Bay game was a combination of heartbreaking and maddening. The final milk carton of the season goes to Mel Tucker and his shameful defense.

First off, the fumble. I have never seen a quarterback throw a ball that could be seen as incomplete or a fumble NOT get picked up by the defense. So why did Anderson not just pick it up and score?! That right there is a 14-3 game, instead of a 13-7 halftime disadvantage. Truly embarrassing. Tillman would have picked it up.

Despite the fumble disaster, the Bears still managed to stay in the game, thanks to some awesome offensive drives. The Packers had some too, but the Bears defense was also able to make some key stops. The beginning of the downfall came on the Chris Conte missed interceptions. He had that ball. If he catches that, the Bears take over, probably around their own 30. But no. The Packers cut it to 1.

After the tough Jeffery drop, the Bears defense was the victim of the worst 6 minutes of football I have ever seen. 3 fourth down conversions. One of which should have been a false start. Another was a nice catch by Jordy Nelson. The last one was a disaster that had my entire family screaming at my TV. Seriously, how can a team let a guy get that wide open in that situation? It was fourth and the season for Green Bay. The Milk Carton goes to Tucker for having an absence of mind and sending a freaking all-out blitz to lose the game. I think he should be sent packing after one horrific season. Say what you want about the D suffering injuries. He never got his unit to improve.

I know the Bears would have probably lost in the postseason, but damn, it would have been nice to make it by beating Green Bay. I wanted that division title more than anything. Now, we fans have to root against Green Bay in the playoffs for the third year in a row. I just hope the 49ers crush them.

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  • Keri J VanNuland

    As a lifelong Packer fan who has children older than you, I do understand your frustration because we have had many similar losses over the years. The only way I, and most above 35 differ from the younger fans is that we have seen MANY more wins and losses and are mature enough that when we lose the division, we stand behind whichever team is left standing in our division. I have proudly stood behind the Bears, Viking, Lions and Bucaneers (back when they were in our division) after being taken out of the playoffs. I was bleeding green & gold back in 85 so I know the heartache of MANY years of losses. I don’t know anyone my age who would wish the Bears would be crushed if the situation were reversed. During the regular season, yes… But always stand by your division when it comes to the playoffs. I can only assume that once you mature, you will lose some of the anger because you will be out in the real world and will be able to see that it is heartbreaking to lose but it is a business and only a game. Many more things in your life will take the top spots in importance by then. You sound like an intelligent kid… Keep up the good work!