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.
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
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.