On a night where the Chicago Bears defense actually kind of, sorta, in a small way showed up, it was the Chicago Bears offense that dropped the ball ... no pun intended.
And to be perfectly accurate, it was the Bears' quarterback again reminding everyone how poor that position has been for the past 20–plus–years.
Jay Cutler threw five (count 'em, five) interceptions and in doing so, he looked remarkably like the type of QB that led us to a Super Bowl.
Unfortunately, not to a Super Bowl title, but Rex Grossman did manage to navigate the Bears to the big game in 2006 despite some shoddy numbers. Last night, Cutler was a spitting image of him.
Cutler still displayed the strong arm and big-play ability, much like Rex did, but his interceptions were awful and in very costly situations, all five being in 49er territory, including one at the one-yard line and one in the end zone as time expired.
The game resembled the four-interception game that Sexy Rexy had against the Arizona Cardinals in 2006, in which all four picks occurred in Arizona's half of the field.
In fact, lets look at Cutler's stats through the first nine games of this season versus Rex's stats through his first nine games of the 2006 season:
Jay: 2,353 yards, 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Rex: 2,095 yards 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Rex went 8-1 through his first nine game.
Jay has gone 4-5 through his.
Let me be clear, I think that Jay is better than Rex, and Grossman did have the advantage of a great defense but the simple fact of the matter is, have the Bears continued their tradition of ruining someone who was otherwise thought of as a good quarterback.
The 2009 season is for all intents and purposes, is over for the Chicago Bears. They will not catch the Vikings and now trail at least four teams for the wild card.
Let's just hope Jay can figure it out in the next seven weeks, otherwise Bear fans, we could be in for a rough ride the next four or five years.