Chicago Bears Winning Ugly: Bears 28, Cardinals 13

Gabe Salgado@@GabeSalgado82Correspondent IIIDecember 24, 2012

Matt Forte (22) led all rushers with 88 yards.
Matt Forte (22) led all rushers with 88 yards.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

It was not pretty, it wasn't always fun to watch, and it was the weirdest game of the year.

Cutler didn't complete his first six passes and it seemed like he was only trying to throw to Brandon Marshall all day.

The Bears needed to get back in the win column to save their playoff hopes today. They did exactly that, just not in orderly fashion. Aside from the Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte touchdowns, the offense looked slow.

Thank God for the Bears defense. They scored two touchdowns of their own which gives them nine on the season. Arizona's only touchdown came off of a blocked Olindo Mare field goal attempt with just under two minutes left in the game.

Aside from that, this was a hard game to watch. Both teams combined for 17 punts and combined for 6-28 on third down conversions.

Devin Hester put on another terrible performance. He returned only three punts for a dismal total of 18 yards. Eric Weems wasn't much better.

There weren't too may highlights to come out of this game. Then again, Chicago Bears football isn't always about winning pretty.

While I agree that a victory is a victory, it was an ugly victory to watch. Aside from the Bears winning, the only thing that made today's game worth watching is the fact that both Dallas and the New York Giants lost today.

Fans may have been upset that the "mighty" Houston Texans, who came to Soldier Field and took Jay Cutler out of the game, looked lousy against a below average Minnesota Vikings team.

A Texans victory would have helped the Bears tremendously. Of course if the Bears had not played poorly these last several weeks, they wouldn't need Houston's help.

Next up for the Bears is the Detroit Lions, who lost to these same Arizona Cardinals just last week.

There is no reason why the Bears shouldn't win this game. Detroit is one of the worst teams in the league this year.

Of course, a Bears victory will not be enough. The Bears also need some help from their arch rivals, the Green Bay Packers.

A Bears win as well as a Packers win equals a wild card spot for the 2012 Chicago Bears. Next week will be one of the biggest Week 17s in Bears history.