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It’s the Bears Win, Happy New Year!, First Overall Draft Pick Den, January 1, 2024

Bears demolish the Falcons in the snow, pick up the #1 overall draft pick via a Carolina loss, so Happy New Year!

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Bears vs. Falcons: DJ Moore sets career-high receiving stats – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears WR1 has been a stud for the entire 2023 NFL season

Justin Fields will force Bears to make brutal NFL draft decision with No. 1 pick – NBC Sports Chicago - On a day that was all about the Bears’ bright future, Justin Fields gave Ryan Poles reason to believe he should be part of it with a statement performance that...

Bears vs. Falcons win has team celebrating 2024 New Years in style – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears feel like they’re building something special, and they might be right

Bears earn No. 1 pick in 2024 NFL draft – NBC Sports Chicago - With the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select … Bears fans could hear these words come April 25, as the Bears officially locked up the...

Fields stars in Bears’ win over Falcons, cherishes moment - 670 - In vowing to remain in the present with his uncertain future looming, Bears quarterback Justin Fields comprehended the significance of Sunday at Soldier Field.

Bears clinch No. 1 overall pick in 2024 NFL Draft - 670 - The Bears clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft by virtue of the Panthers’ loss to the Jaguars on Sunday. It marks the second year in a row the Bears have held the top pick, which they traded to the Panthers in 2023.

Emma: 3 storylines to follow in Bears-Falcons - 670 - The Bears (6-9) host the Falcons (7-8) in the penultimate game of their regular season Sunday at Soldier Field. Here are three storylines to follow in the matchup.

Victory over Falcons shouldn’t sway Bears’ decision on Justin Fields - Chicago Sun-Times - The quarterback picked apart a weak and poorly designed defense Sunday.

Bears coach Matt Eberflus gets what he needs in 37-17 win over Falcons as he makes case to stay - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears improved to 7-9 and have won five of their last seven.

QB Justin Fields gives Bears something to think about on day they land top pick - Chicago Sun-Times - On a day the Bears secured the No. 1 pick in the draft with another Panthers loss, GM Ryan Poles has to watch magic acts like what Fields did Sunday and ask himself an increasingly difficult question.

Bears clinch No. 1 pick in 2024 NFL Draft as Panthers solidify worst record - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears hold the top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft thanks to their trade with the Panthers.

Chicago Bears, Justin Fields celebrate New Year with convincing win - chicagotribune.com - Justin Fields is well aware of the choice GM Ryan Poles has, and the quarterback did his part Sunday to make the decision tougher — so much so that he had fans at Soldier Field chanting, “We want Fields!” as the game wrapped up.

Column: Chicago Bears finished an eventful 2023 with a hope-inspiring blowout - chicagotribune.com - A victory. A cigar celebration. And expressions of hope. The Chicago Bears ended 2023 in triumphant fashion. Now it’s onto 2024, which should be a fascinating year and is somehow set up to be far more eventful than the one that just ended.

The Bears and the first pick in the draft: The NFL now waits on Ryan Poles — again - The Athletic - The Bears have the first pick in the NFL Draft for the second year in a row. Will they trade it and keep Justin Fields?

NFL Week 17 takeaways: What ails the Eagles? What should Bears do with draft’s No. 1 pick? - The Athletic - Our experts also discuss whether the dominant Ravens have any weaknesses and the Chiefs' confidence level. Plus, who wins the AFC East?

Bears secure No. 1 pick in 2024 NFL Draft after Panthers’ loss, Cardinals’ win in Week 17 - The Athletic - The last time the Bears held and made the No. 1 pick occurred in 1947 when they selected Oklahoma State halfback Bob Fenimore.

An inside look at the Bears’ defensive turnaround under Matt Eberflus - The Athletic - The Bears are 6-5 since a Week 5 win over Washington. And their defense is the biggest reason why. You can thank Eberflus for that.

Bears podcast: Big 20-point win over the Falcons - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears enter Packers week on a high note.

Bears’ 4 interceptions vs. Falcons gives them NFL lead at 22 - Chicago Sun-Times - Rookie cornerback Tyrique Stevenson had two, tying him for the team lead at four this season.

DJ Moore makes the difference for Bears, Justin Fields — again - Chicago Sun-Times - Moore’s standout performance in the Bears’ 37-17 victory over the Falcons — nine receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown — was a timely and fitting celebration of the trade for Moore that officially became a masterstroke Sunday.

Three takeaways from the Bears’ win vs. Falcons - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears quarterback Justin Fields picked the right time to play his best game.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Panthers 0 Jaguars 26: Everything comes crashing down - Cat Scratch Reader - After a promising performance against the Packers, the Panthers regressed to their early season selves.

David Tepper throws drink on fan after earning NFL worst record – NBC New York - Panthers owner David Tepper was not happy after the Panthers were shut out by the Jaguars, 26-0. The loss secured the NFL’s worst record to the Panthers....

Arthur Blank declines request to speak to media after Falcons loss - NBC Sports - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said a couple of weeks ago that the team is committed to head coach Arthur Smith, but added that they would assess things at the end of the season.

Panthers have no comment about David Tepper apparently throwing drink into crowd - NBC Sports - On Sunday afternoon, a video emerged that seemed to show Panthers owner David Tepper throwing a drink into the stands in Jacksonville.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Jim Harbaugh hires Don Yee - NBC Sports - Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh might soon be making a move back to the NFL.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Thank you, Panthers - Bears have the #1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Some 2024 NFL Draft news is official!

Curl: Chicago Bears thrive in Bear weather, dominate playoff-hopeful Atlanta Falcons - Windy City Gridiron - It was a fun frolic in the snow in Chicago. The Bears look to be hitting their stride at the least consequential time possible.

Wiltfong: ‘Positive vibes’ surrounding Bears Matt Eberflus returning in 2024 - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL Network reported that the Bears are leaning towards keeping Matt Eberflus, but nothing has been officially decided.

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