Penalties, turnovers, and injuries.
That was the formula for yet another Bears defeat on Thursday night.
But woe and behold these mucks had a chance to pull it out to win it 13-10 on a last drive of the game.. And boy what an ugly, sloppy, nasty drive.
Unfortunately, it ended just like it started for starting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. With an interception. The final 10-6 49ers over the Bears.
San Francisco’s Michael Lewis picked off Cutler’s final pass of the game in the end zone to seal the victory.
“I think we are a better football team,” Head Coach Lovie Smith said after the game. “We need to just finish a game and get a win.”
The Bears were penalized 10 times for 75 yards against the San Francisco 49ers.
Just before the 2-minute warning at the end of regulation, Bears offensive lineman Chris Williams was a bit overzealous and was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty that pretty much ended the Bears chances in a 10-6 loss.
Cutler threw 5 interceptions on the night. His 17th of the season after just nine games. The first 5 pick game of his career. He finished with 29 completions, 52 attempts, for 307 yards on the night.
“Jay realize what that did for the team. There’s still a lot of football to go,” Smith said. “This one hurt but we’ll comeback.”
A year ago at this time, he had thrown just 10 picks after the 10th week of the season with the Denver Broncos. The difference though, between this season and last, is that he has already been sacked 19 times.
The last Bears QB to throw 4-interceptions in one game twice in one season was Billy Wade back in 1962.
Cutler recorded his first 4-INT game of the season in week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.
Is Cutler trying to force too many of his throws in trying to make something happen? Is the offensive line that bad and aren’t giving the pro-bowl QB enough time? Are the Bears poorly coached or are they just simply bad?
The Niners defensive line did an impressive job of taking away the run game of the Bears and putting pressure on the O-line while forcing Cutler to make mistakes.
The last time the Bears defeated the Niners in San Francisco was way back in 1986 when the great late Walter Payton was running the rock. Mike Ditka’s Monsters beat the west coast squad 26-10 in week 6.
Tight end Desmond Clark left the game after injuring his neck.
After suffering a tough loss against the Arizona Cardinals last week and now this humiliating defeat the Bears and Smith will have time to prepare for Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles a week from Sunday at Soldier Field.
The Bears fall to 4-5 on the season.