Packers vs. Bears: Final Game Grades and Analysis for Chicago

Ross Read@@RossReadContributor IIIDecember 29, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws a touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter during a game at Soldier Field on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers throws a 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb to eliminate the Chicago Bears from playoff contention.  

Final Score

Green Bay Packers: 33

Chicago Bears: 28

Chicago Bears Grades
Positional Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC+B
Pass DefenseB-F
Run OffenseBA
Run DefenseB+F
Special TeamsDC+
CoachingCC-
Week 17

Final Analysis for the Chicago Bears

Passing Offense: Jay Cutler did everything he could to keep his team in the game. If Alshon Jeffery makes that late catch on 3rd-and-long, then this is a different outcome. 

Passing Defense: It was just an awful second half for the secondary. The tackling was poor and busted coverage ultimately lost them the game.  

Rushing Offense: What a terrific game from Matt Forte. He was sharp in reaching the edge and finished with two rushing touchdowns. 

Rushing Defense: Once again poor tacking proved to be a problem for the Bears. Eddie Lacy was slowed by an injury, but James Starks was able to chew up big yardage. 

Special Teams: Devin Hester rebounded nicely to set the Bears up with good field position in the second half. Adam Podlesh still struggled with his punts. 

Coaching: Marc Trestman did a nice job of calling plays on offense, but his defense just couldn't get it done. Mel Tucker will receive warranted criticism this offseason after this game. 

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: Wide receiver Randall Cobb #18 celebrates a third quarter touchdown with quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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First-Half Analysis for the Chicago Bears

Passing Offense: Jay Cutler's completion percentage has to get better. This passing game needs more of a rhythm if the Bears want to keep this Green Bay offense on the sidelines. 

Passing Defense: Great job to intercept Aaron Rodgers twice. Julius Peppers' forced fumble could have been a game-breaking play for the Bears, but they failed to pick up the ball. 

Rushing Offense: Matt Forte has been very good on the ground, and he needs more touches in the second half. Michael Bush even chipped in with two good carries. 

Rushing Defense: The linebackers and defensive ends have done a good job setting the edge and forcing Eddie Lacy back towards the middle of the field. 

Special Teams: A terrible punt from Adam Podlesh was almost overshadowed by a couple of bad Devin Hester returns, including one where he almost lost the football. 

Coaching: It was a smart challenge early on by Marc Trestman. Mel Tucker's defense is playing fast and aggressive, but both men get a downgrade for their players not picking up a loose ball when no whistle was heard.  

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