Jay Cutler was playing arguably the best football of his career and wide receivers Roy Williams and Johnny Knox looked like they were starting to get into a rhythm.
That joy turned into horror though late Sunday night when it was announced he fractured his thumb. Many analysts have immediately written the Bears season off, with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice going so far as to say the Bears have no chance to make the playoffs.
There is obviously some understandable concerns. Caleb Hanie has never started a game, and newly-signed backup Josh McCown was out of the NFL for a reason; he wasn't very good.
But is the Bears' season truly over? Let's take a look at how the Bears final six games will play out.