Taking stock of the environment that surrounded yesterday’s brilliant dramatic comeback by the Chicago Bears, it seemed so out of place that they wound up on top of the Minnesota Vikings 31-30 when no time was left on the clock.
It was a crap day weather-wise. For good measure the sky opened up with some of its most visible rain when the Bears started their game-winning drive, a particular shot of Jay Cutler under the raindrops made him look more like Charlie Brown than ever before.
The Bears have pulled games out of their asses before, but it seems like they usually did so with a clear advantage over their opponent then — that wasn’t the case Sunday and they played like it.
Devin Hester teased us with glimpses of his old self, setting another team record in the process, but he could never quite break away from the Vikes’ special teams. Matt Forte made great use of his 30 combined touches but again he somehow did not reach the end zone. One clear opportunity to put Forte, or at least some running back on the roster, in the end zone was mucked up with an inexplicable interception forced by Cutler on first and goal from the one-yard line.
By the time Cutler Cuttied-up his second interception to open up the fourth quarter, the Bears’ fourth turnover of the day, things turned in a way that seemed to suit the dreary day in Chicago: it was a day to lose, and Minnesota was playing its role as spoiler well while taking a six point lead (30-24) into the final couple minutes.
With 10 seconds left, though, the Bears still had the ball in their hand and the game suddenly in their control. Through some seemingly slow no-huddle action and the weight of past late-game disappointments, they trudged on, in particular, Cutler soldiered on in a drive that would do as much to define his leadership as a Bear as any has so far.
Cutler hit the targets he needed to hit, seven of 11 in all, including feeding the Black Unicorn in two perfectly executed plays in the flat, in the process Bennett let Bears fans into the magic that he promised Bears Nation upon signing with Chicago.
Could it be different now?
Could the Bears now have the weapons they need to not only win the games they should win, but the ones they shouldn’t?
Could the drearier Sundays of fall and winter going forward be truly saved by the guys in Navy Blue and Burnt Orange and not just represented by them?
You don’t have to believe now, its probably best if you don’t, we know what its like to get off to quick starts and we know what its like for those quick starts to not mean anything by end of the season.
But the Bears proved Sunday that you got to keep your eyes open on this team and that maybe when the unexpected happens now, it won’t necessarily be a bad thing.
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