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The Bear’s Den, December 17, 2023

Bears blow yet another fourth quarter lead. Same dance, different day.

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Darnell Mooney #11 of the Chicago Bears reacts after failing to haul in a Hail Mary pass in the end zone during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Cleveland
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Bears report card: Grading Justin Fields, Matt Eberflus in loss vs. Browns – NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields and the offense struggled, and the Bears’ defense cracked in a meltdown loss to the Browns. Bears Insider Josh Schrock delivers a report card from...

Darnell Mooney’s Hail Mary drop perfect play to sum up 2023 Bears – NBC Sports Chicago - Darnell Mooney’s season has been one characterized by frustration. He had a chance to wipe that all away with an unlikely Hail Mary catch Sunday. But he was...

Montez Sweat leads Bears, Commanders in sacks after Browns game – NBC Sports Chicago - When the Bears traded for Montez Sweat he boosted their defense immediately.

Haugh: Bears can stop dreaming now - 670 - Reality smacked a football city in the face Sunday after the Bears blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead and lost 20-17 to an injured Browns team full of backups playing for backups.

Bernstein: So much for the Bears being in the hunt - 670 - When the bar is set so low that merely remaining alive on some network playoff race graphic is cause for such civic celebration, a loss like the one the Bears suffered to the Browns should hurt, if only as punishment for irrational exuberance.

Bears WR DJ Moore, S Jaquan Brisker active against Browns - 670 - Bears receiver DJ Moore (ankle) and safety Jaquan Brisker (groin) are each active for Chicago’s game at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon.

Bears lose to Browns as Mooney can’t haul in Hail Mary - 670 - The Hail Mary heave was on the hands of Bears receiver Darnell Mooney, a potential catch that would’ve delivered Chicago a thrilling third straight win. He couldn’t hold on in Chicago’s 20-17 loss at Cleveland.

Bears’ offensive issues vs. Browns go well beyond Justin Fields – NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields failed to eclipse 200 yards, Darnell Mooney dropped a Hail Mary, the offensive line got punked, and Luke Getsy called a dud. But the Bears'...

Chicago Bears grades: Loss to Cleveland toughest one yet - CHGO Sports - How did the Chicago Bears grade out in the disappointing loss to the Browns?

What went wrong for the Bears defense against the Browns on third-and-15 - CHGO Sports - What went wrong for the Chicago Bears' defense on third-and-15? Here is some insight on the critical play.

Joe Flacco fever! Browns complete fourth-quarter comeback to beat Bears - The Athletic - The Bears nearly walked away with the win as quarterback Justin Fields' Hail Mary pass bounced out of the arms of receiver Darnell Mooney.

Bears squander playoff hopes with missed Hail Mary, but it shouldn’t have come down to that - The Athletic - The Bears had their chances, including the final Hail Mary. Instead, it was another fourth-quarter collapse, all but ending playoff hopes.

Week 15 recap: Chicago Bears lose 20-17 to Cleveland Browns - www.chicagotribune.com - When Dustin Hopkins’ field goal sailed through the uprights, it stopped the Chicago Bears from nabbing their first three-game winning streak since December 2020.

‘Devastating’: The Chicago Bears’ latest loss - with another blown lead in Cleveland - may cut the deepest - www.chicagotribune.com - The NFL’s unofficial 24-hour rule isn’t one-size-fits-all. Thus the Chicago Bears will have to live through the nightmare of replaying Sunday’s 20-17 late collapse in all its gory detail.

Chicago Bears: Hail Mary drop not the only bad spot for offense - www.chicagotribune.com - There were more memorable bad plays than good ones, but Darnell Mooney and wide receiver DJ Moore both supported Justin Fields when asked whether he should be the team’s quarterback beyond this season.

Three takeaways from Bears’ loss to Browns - Chicago Sun-Times - Throwing for 200 yards shouldn’t be a lot to ask for in the modern NFL, but Bears quarterback Justin Fields threw for less than that Sunday for the 23rd time in 35 career starts.

Matt Eberflus: I’ll take blame for deep pass - Chicago Sun-Times - He said he was too aggressive.

Bears Halas Intrigue podcast: Another blown game - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears found out why Cleveland Browns Stadium is called the Factory of Sadness.

Darnell Mooney: It would have been crazy, I wish I could have caught Hail Mary - NBC Sports - The Bears’ last chance to win Sunday’s game against the Browns was a Hail Mary by quarterback Justin Fields and it caromed off a Browns defender toward Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney in the end zone.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Josh Allen: I feel like kid who didn't do anything in class project and still got an A - NBC Sports - There have been points in Josh Allen's Bills career when the quarterback has been asked to carry a major load on offense, but Sunday was not one of those times.

Eagles announce Matt Patricia will take over defensive playcalling - NBC Sports - The Eagles confirmed a Sunday splash report, announcing that Matt Patricia will take over the defensive playcalling for Monday Night Football.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: NFL Week 16 NFL Week 16 Odds - Bears are favored by three over the Cardinals - Windy City Gridiron - We check in on the early odds for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals for week 16.

Darnell Mooney dropped Bears perfect Hail Mary pass to seal loss to Browns - SBNation.com - You can’t draw up a Hail Mary any better than this. Darnell Mooney just dropped it.

Sunderbruch: Browns Beat Bears in a Brawl–Reality Check - Windy City Gridiron - Defensive titans matched up, and while Chicago has made progress on offense since the last contest with Cleveland, they stumbled when it came to putting the game away.

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