[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Bears came into last Sunday’s matchup against the San Franscisco 49ers with hope for a win and an even more hopeful chance of snagging a playoff spot. They fell short of their goal, however, with a missed game-winning field goal and a 49ers touchdown in overtime for a final score of 26-20.
The Bears quickly scored two field goals in the first quarter only to be tied up by the end of that quarter with a Jay Cutler interception to 49ers’ Jimmie Ward. The seesawing continued in the second quarter as Bears’ Matt Forte rushed for a five-yard touchdown and 49ers’ Shaun Draughn returned a touchdown.
The Bears looked strong offensively as quarterback Jay Cutler completed 18 of 31 passes, allowing the Bears to run for a total of 364 yards. Defensively, they looked as tough as they always did this season, but some mistakes did cost them greatly.
The heartache came at the end of the fourth quarter as Chicago kicker Robbie Gould missed a 36-yard field goal, which would have given the Bears the win. Gould didn’t make any excuses for the miss. “I feel terrible,” he said. “I have a job to do, and I didn’t do that today. I hit the ball really well in the first half. I had a lot of confidence going into the last two kicks. I just got quick on both of them. I rushed them; I hurried them. Both are the worst kicks I’ve had all year,” said Gould.
The 49ers stole the victory in overtime with a long 71-yard pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert to Torrey Smith, extinguishing every hope for an extended Bears season in the playoffs.
Even though Gould took responsibility of that last kick that could have won the game, his teammates showed solidarity towards their teammate. “Don’t discredit Robbie,” running back Matt Forte said. “Robbie has hit that kick tons of times. Nobody is perfect in this game. Michael Jordan missed game-winning shots.”
Even with playoff hopes being gone, the Bears can still look to finish the final four games of the season strong as the Bears will host the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
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