The Bears and the Detroit Lions matched up in a truly meaningless game this afternoon in Soldier Field in Chicago.   The Bears, who were without Alshon Jeffrey, Kevin White, Eddie Royal, Marquess Wilson, Martellus Bennett & Zach Miller, did not stand much of a chance in this one as they never lead in the game.  They did come back and tie the game at 17 at one point but the tie quickly evaporated before losing 24-20.  Adam Gase most likely called his last game as Bears offensive coordinator as he reportedly is flying to Miami to interview for their head coaching position after the game.  Gase has also been rumored to the Titans, 49ers, and Browns head coaching jobs.  The only thing that was on the line this game was draft position and the possible farewell for Bears running back Matt Forte, who scored a touchdown in what may very well have been his final game in a Bears uniform.

Jay Cutler was mostly brutal as he had his first multi-interception game of the season in week 17.   Cutler finished 17 for 23 for 245 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.    The Bears were driving in the fourth quarter and down 24-20 when Cutler fired to Deonte Thompson just outside the red zone with about 2 minutes left.   Thompson did not even turn around for the route and the pass was promptly intercepted to secure the win for Detroit.

The defense played an inspired game, sacking Matthew Stafford 4 times and holding Detroit to 3.2 yards per carry on the ground.   Stafford finished 29-39 for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns.   Calvin Johnson again had another monster game versus Chicago, finishing with 10 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.   It is puzzling that Detroit doesn’t just throw the ball up to Johnson every play, but this is the Lions we are talking about.

Tampa Bay is still playing but it appears the Bears will be picking around 8th in the draft after finishing 6-10.  Detroit finished 7-9 and will most likely finish somewhere around 14th in the draft with the Rams, Raiders & Bucs having to finish their games yet to determine their draft position.  Happy New Year everybody!!

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