Nervousness. Confidence. Elation. Devastation.
These are the things I felt before during and after the game was over.
I think most Chicago Bear fans were nervous before the game started, especially with QB Aaron Rodgers coming back. You would be lying to say otherwise.
Once the game started I felt confident; the Bears were on the receiving end of two turnovers and scored a TD to give themselves the lead.
Even when Green Bay came back to take the lead I had confidence in the offense to get the job done.
I was even starting to believe in the defense for a while.
I felt elation as the Bears seemingly scored at will late in the game and took a commanding 8 point lead to begin the 4th quarter.
All of that elation quickly turned to devastation as the 4th down pass from Rodgers landed in WR Randall Cobb’s outstretched arms and as he fell into the end zone for the go ahead TD.
I honestly thought I was having a heart attack.
On a day that Bears QB Jay Cutler plays his best game against the Packers as a Bear and more than well enough to win; two (possibly three) plays turn the tide and the Bears lose.
The first play being that strange incomplete pass that was actually a fumble that no one realized was a fumble until the Packers’ WR Jarrett Boykin scooped up the ball, stood around for a couple of seconds then ran into the end zone untouched for a touchdown.
There has never been a time this whole year where I’ve blown the whistle in practice and the ball was on the ground that we didn’t pick it up and scoop and score with it… For me to try to explain why that happened, I really can’t at this time because we’ve never allowed the ball to sit on the ground like that at any time in practice.
Say what you want about former Bears HC Lovie Smith but his teams always ran to the ball no matter what; even on incomplete passes; Bears defenders were always around the ball. This issue is addressed here.
This is a coaching/discipline issue.