Chicago Bears: The 5 Best Highlights of Chicago's 2012 Season so Far

Matt CoanCorrespondent IIDecember 21, 2012

Chicago Bears: The 5 Best Highlights of Chicago's 2012 Season so Far

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    Not all is well in Chicago Bears Land.

    The team has dropped five of its past six games and is no longer a lock for a playoff spot.

    The Bears will have a chance to get into the playoffs and could even make a run once there, but until we see that happen, let's focus on some of the positives of the season.

    Here is a list of the five best highlights for the Chicago Bears, this year.

Matt Spaeth's Great Touchdown Grab Against the Minnesota Vikings

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    Matt Spaeth isn't really known for his great hands or his receiving ability, but that doesn't change the fact that he made a fantastic catch for the Chicago Bears in Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings.

    Spaeth barely got two feet down to complete a catch that helped seal the victory for Chicago.

    The tight end has been quiet for most of the season and probably won't make much noise for this Bears offense, but he showed the ability to make a great play when his team needed him to.

Tim Jennings' Interception Touchdown to Give the Bears a Lead over Carolina

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    The Chicago Bears didn't play too well Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers, but with help from a great play by Tim Jennings, they stole a win at home.

    Jennings grabbed an easy interception and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Bears the lead and the momentum to win the game.

    The Bears defense has struggled since losing the NFL's interception leader to an injury; it will need him if they are going to make a push for the playoffs.

Jay Cutler Connects with Brandon Marshall Deep to Set Up Game-Tying Field Goal

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    First off, had the Bears ended up winning this game against the Seattle Seahawks, this play would be number one.

    The Seahawks drove down the field against the Bears defense and scored a touchdown to put them up three with around 20 seconds left. Bears fans were stunned.

    With almost all hope for overtime lost, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall made magic happen.

    The Bears' two most reliable players on the offense all season connected on a 56-yard pass that set up a game-tying field goal for Robbie Gould.

    The Bears ended up losing in overtime, but the play that got them there was incredible and definitely worthy of making the list.

Lance Briggs' Interception Return for Touchdown Against Dallas

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    The Chicago Bears have thrived on defensive scores this season and have struggled to win games without them.

    Recording one of two interception returns for touchdowns for the Bears against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4, Lance Briggs took a Tony Romo pass the other way 74 yards for the score.

    The return broke open the game and led to a dominating Bears win over a solid Dallas team, improving the Bears to 3-1 on the young season.

Brandon Marshall's Touchdown Catch Against the Green Bay Packers

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    The Chicago Bears offense struggled mightily for most of the game against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15.

    The lone touchdown they did score, however, was on a play that will be remembered for a long time.

    Brandon Marshall caught a pass over the middle and showed everyone the real meaning of "yards after catch."

    Marshall made a few Packers defenders miss and forced another to the ground with one of the strongest stiff arms I've ever seen.

    Chicago's dominant receiver, no doubt, made Bears fans proud.