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It was an uphill struggle that ended tantalizingly close, but ultimately now it’s on to Kansas City week

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears signals on the line of scrimmage during the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 15, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Turn the CC lyrics on, brothers & sisters...

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Sad but true: For going-nowhere Bears, trying hard is the new winning - Chicago Sun-Times - They score only one touchdown in a loss to the Packers, giving Green Bay a sweep for the season.

As Bears’ offense goes, so goes Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - Packers defense won the day and there was nothing the Bears’ quarterback could do about it. "Credit to [the Packers]. They’re a good defense," he said.

Bears’ last-gasp lateral play falls short - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears practice the play every Saturday. It’s called "Recess."

A look inside the Chicago Bears' successful halftime routine - Chicago Tribune - In their last seven games, the Bears have scored a touchdown on their first drive of the third quarter six times. The stats are skewed enough to wonder: What exactly do they do at halftime?

It was too little, too late for the Bears on Sunday – just like it's been all season | NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears started slow, made a mad second-half push and came up just short. Sound familiar?

Bears eliminated from postseason contention with Vikings win - NBC Sports Chicago - There officially will be no Bears football this January.

Bears defense bends, breaks, then fights back in loss to Green Bay Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - An up-and-down performance highlighted all the Bears defense has had to overcome this season, and how much they miss the big-play turnovers of yesteryear.

Haugh: Bears' 100th Season One Of Their Most Frustrating - 670 The Score - The Bears' 100th season will result in them once again watching the playoffs from home, as they were let down by an abysmal offense.

Bears Officially Eliminated From Playoff Contention - 670 The Score - The Bears have now missed the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons after the Vikings' win against the Chargers officially knocked them out of postseason contention Sunday evening.

Packers 21, Bears 13: Whose arrows are up and down after Bears fall to Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears battled right down to the final second, but their season started and effectively ended with frustrating losses to Green Bay.

Bears nearly pull off miracle on final play of Week 15’s game vs. Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears came one yard shy of a miraculous finish against the Green Bay Packers.

Lance Briggs: Bears’ defensive mistakes were ‘embarrassing’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Defensive miscues, including a number of key missed tackles, frustrated former Bears Lance Briggs and Alex Brown.

Instant analysis of Bears’ 21-13 loss to Packers - Bears Wire - The Bears suffered a heartbreaking 21-13 defeat to the Packers, which all but ended their playoff hopes.

Game Recap: Bears’ rally falls short in Green Bay - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears scored 10 fourth-quarter points to cut into a 21-3 deficit but ultimately fell short in a 21-13 loss to the Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Bears *ALMOST* Had the Most Insane Finish of the Year (VIDEO) - Bleacher Nation - This is how close the Bears were to pulling off one of the craziest, most improbable, and wildest last-second touchdown scores ever: [LOUD NOISES] I’m pretty

Watch Mitch Trubisky Throw a TD Dart to Anthony Miller to Keep it Close (VIDEO) - Bleacher Nation - The Packers looked like they were going to salt this game away early in the second half, but the Bears just won’t go away. Mitch Trubisky just linked up with

Bernstein: Bears’ Impossible Dream Is Over - 670 The Score - There’s no mitigating the ultimate disappointment of the 2019 Bears after they dropped to 7-7 with a 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Bears’ Playoff Hopes Dashed With 21-13 Loss To Packers - 670 The Score - Aaron Jones ran for two scores, Davante Adams caught another and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, 21-13, on Sunday in the 200th edition of he NFL’s oldest rivalry.

Packers stay atop NFC North, knock off Bears – ProFootballTalk - The reigning NFC North champions have been dethroned, and the division is now within the Packers’ grasp. The Packers beat the Bears 21-13 today, knocking the Bears out of division contention while staying atop the division themselves.

Bears-Chiefs to remain Sunday Night Football game in Week 16 – ProFootballTalk - The NFL confirmed that the Bears game against the Chiefs will remain the Sunday Night Football game next week on NBC as originally scheduled. The Bears tweeted the confirmation. The league could have flexed out of the game after the Bears’ 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Chicago Bears fall short in loss to Packers, ending playoff hopes - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears dropped to 7-7 and are on the brink of mathematical elimination from the playoffs.

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers final score, highlights 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears fell 21-13 in a critical game at Lambeau Field.

Week 15 recap: Chicago Bears lose 21-13 to Green Bay Packers - Chicago Tribune - The Bears lost 21-13 to the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, likely ending any hope of a trip to the postseason for the 7-7 Bears.

Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs remains prime-time game - Chicago Tribune - The NFL confirmed Sunday afternoon that the Week 16 game between the Chiefs and Bears at Soldier Field will remain on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” at 7:20 p.m. on NBC.

Bears can’t catch up to lackluster Rodgers and Packers; playoff’s are gone - Daily Herald - Mitch Trubisky threw a pair of interceptions and the Bears’ defense got held without a takeaway in a 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday afternoon.

Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers Postgame Show: Chicago Shows Fight to the Finish, But Come Up Short - ChicagoAudible.com - A complete recap of the Chicago Bears 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Takeaways: Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense regressed against superior competition - NBC Sports Chicago - With a 21-13 Week 15 loss to the Packers in Green Bay, an improbable Bears playoff run is now on life support.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Adrian Peterson ties Walter Payton on rushing TD list - NFL.com - Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson tied Walter Payton for fourth in rushing touchdowns (110) and eclipsed Curtis Martin for fifth on the all-time rushing list (14,102) .

What we learned from Sunday’s Week 15 games - NFL.com - Houston took the lead in the AFC South, New England clinched a playoff berth and Kansas City kept rolling. Here’s what we learned from Sunday’s Week 15 games.

Eli Manning enjoyed “special day” in Giants win – ProFootballTalk - Eli Manning was pulled from Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, but this wasn’t the same as getting benched in favor of Daniel Jones earlier this season.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

What Just Happened? Lions vs Buccaneers - Pride Of Detroit - A collection of thoughts on the Lions week 15 game

3 takeaways from the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit’s comeback effort come up just short.

Packers hold off late Bears charge to take 200th meeting of the rivalry, 21-13 - Acme Packing Company - A 14-point burst in the third quarter provided Green Bay a big enough cushion to get its 11th win of the season. Much like it’s been all season, it wasn’t pretty, but it counts in the standings the same.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears’ comeback not enough to beat Packers, playoff hopes crushed in 21-13 loss - Windy City Gridiron - The loss drops the Bears to 7-7.

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