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Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) catches a pass in front of Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) during the third quarter at Lambeau Field.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Cordarrelle Patterson Should Have Been Praised (Not Punished) for His Punt Coverage Excellence - Bleacher Nation - The Cordarrelle Patterson Show is a great to watch every Sunday. A speedster who can be deployed in a number of different facets of the game, and seemingly has...

The Season is Over. Now What? - Da Bears Blog - Many fans, even yesterday, were still clinging to the 1.8% chance (or whatever it was) of the Bears making a late push to get into the postseason tournament. With another dismal offensive failure, those chances have now officially evaporated. So where do the Bears go from here? Here are four thoughts.

Emma: Bears-Packers Observations - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy went away from the offense that best catered to Mitchell Trubisky, and the Bears paid the price in their 21-13 loss to the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday.

Bears Searching For ‘Whys’ In Final Games - 670 The Score - The Bears are searching for “whys” as two meaningless games await, for which they won’t shut down their key players, coach Matt Nagy says.

Chalk Talk: Why did Toliver replace Amukamara? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Prince Amukamara was benched or injured against the Packers, the penalty that Cordarrelle Patterson drew while covering a punt in Green Bay and if Matt Nagy considered challenging a near-completion Sunday.

3 things that stood out in Week 15 loss - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out in Sunday’s loss to the Packers, including the inability to establish a running game keeping the Bears from creating a rhythm on offense.

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers 2019: Breaking down Week 15 loss - Chicago Sun-Times - This loss — coupled with the Vikings’ victory over the Chargers — eliminates the Bears from playoff contention.

Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Chicago Bears' Week 15 loss - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts after the Bears lost to the Packers 21-13 at Lambeau Field and were eliminated from playoff contention.

Matt Nagy says he and Mitch Trubisky still on same page - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky's aggravation was noticeable immediately after Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Packers. But Bears coach Matt Nagy is confident there wasn't anything deeper behind Trubisky's postgame comments about the play-calling.

After another loss to the Packers, the Bear Download podcast puts a stamp on the Bears’ disappointing decade - Chicago Tribune - The Packers struck the final blow to the Bears' playoff hopes Sunday, and Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break it down from Lambeau Field. Come to think of it, the past decade has been pretty rough on the Bears.

What now? With two games left, the Bears' season has an entirely new look - NBC Sports Chicago - What's left to play for over these final two games?

Five critical moments that sank the Bears' season - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears were supposed to go to the Super Bowl this season, but the warning signs were there right from the start.

Bears Grades: A breakout day for the receivers, and less so for the running backs | NBC Sports Chicago - The passing game had a breakout day, but they lost because they couldn't establish the run.

Hoge: Bears’ Biggest Failure In 2019? The Run Game - WGN Radio - The finality of the loss in Green Bay leaves a few reflections, both on this specific game and the grand context of a failed 2019 campaign.

Allen Robinson becomes 1st Bears WR to eclipse 1,000 yards since 2014 - Bears Wire - Not much has gone right for the Bears offense this season, but WR Allen Robinson is the lone exception. He hit the 1,000-yd mark in Week 15.

Nagy: ‘Nothing really changes’ in last two games - ChicagoBears.com - Although they’ve been eliminated from playoff contention, the Bears will not make any significant changes with their personnel or schemes over the final two weeks of the season.

Chicago Bears film breakdown: Running trouble, Rodgers finds hole, Kwiatkoski shines - Chicago Sun-Times - A film breakdown of several key parts of the Bears’ 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Are Chicago Bears QBs Mitch Trubisky and Jay Cutler two of a kind? - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky is not quite as bad as Jay Cutler was in rivalry games, but you can see it from here.

Chicago Bears podcast: Should Ryan Pace pick the next QB? - Chicago Sun-Times - There are plenty of questions facing the Bears? Is Ryan Pace the person to answer them?

Chicago Bears’ Matt Nagy touts ‘great relationship’ with Mitch Trubisky after play-call questions - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky seemed to question Bears coach Matt Nagy’s play-calling Sunday afternoon when asked about the Packers’ pass rush, which totaled three sacks and four quarterback hurries.

Chicago Bears, now out of the playoffs, re-focus on strong finish to 2019 season - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy said Akiem Hicks, other injured players could still play. “It stinks that we can’t get to the playoffs. But that’s on us. ... These next two games are very important to us and we’re gonna play ‘em hard.

Inside Slant: Hicks battles through pain in return - ChicagoBears.com - Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks returned to action against the Packers Sunday and impacted the game despite intense pain in his injured elbow.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Multiple Browns say ‘come get me’ to Cardinals - NFL.com - NFL Network’s Michael Silver reports that on Sunday “multiple” Cleveland Browns players said “come get me” to the Arizona Cardinals’ sideline, including wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Untangling all the Vikings’ playoff seeding scenarios - Daily Norseman - The purple can still land at just about any spot in the draw

Red zone success on both sides is key to Packers’ ability to win ugly - Acme Packing Company - Nothing is more elemental to sports than scoring in opportune situations and stopping the opponent from doing the same. Though Green Bay has been inconsistent play-to-play, the Packers thrive offensive and defensively in the red zone.

Packers found a few big plays on offense, but early miss haunts them - Acme Packing Company - Although the Packers ended up winning the game, they still need more consistency in converting big-play opportunities on offense.

Chiefs claim veteran LB Terrell Suggs off waivers - NFL.com - According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Terrell Suggs has been claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs. Suggs was released by the Cards on December 13.

Detroit Lions claim OL Caleb Benenoch - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have a new offensive lineman.

Detroit Lions to place Mike Daniels, Kenny Wiggins on IR - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are down two more big contributors.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Stats, snap counts, and more: Offensive frustrations continue for Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Lester gives his thoughts on the game, plus he shares the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlights a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Schmitz' BWM: Chicago Bears fall to Green Bay Packers, are mathematically eliminated from playoffs - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. reviews the Chicago Bears’ recent loss to the Green Bay Packers by talking through four positives and three negatives from Sunday afternoon’s game.

Curl: Mourning after - game notes from Chicago Bears’ season-ending loss to the insufferable Green Bay Packers - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are out of playoff contention...because they lost to the Packers. And I have to pretend I have something worthwhile to say about it.

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