The Bears playoff chances are slim to none with the disappointing 26-20 overtime loss to the 49ers.
At the end of regulation Robbie Gould missed a game-winning 35-yard field goal. If Gould would have made the chip shot, the Bears would be sitting at 6-6 and in great position for a wildcard spot. Instead the Bears are now 5-7 and questions remain on all sides of the ball.
The Bears offense came out flat against a 49ers defense that was ranked in the lower part of the league in all defensive categories.
It seemed today that Jay Cutler wasn’t prepared for the 49ers defense. Multiple times throughout the game Cutler waited for the play clock to wind down before audibling the play, putting the offense in bad situations. Usually Cutler gets his offensive to the line of scrimmage, reads the defense and gives the team plenty of time to adjust to an audible.
That didn’t happen today.
When Cutler threw the pick six, he audibled the original play and gave the 49ers an easy six points.
Cutler also had plenty of overthrown and inaccurate balls and never established any kind of rhythm with his receivers. A reason for lack of rhythm on the offense could be the questionable play calling by Adam Gase. The offense didn’t use a lot of play action despite committing to the run early on in the game.
Gase loves to call screen plays and throw towards the sidelines but hesitates to attack the middle of the field with a slant, in, or post route. The offensive at times becomes repetitive and predictable.
The Bears didn’t lose the game solely because of their offense, their defense collapsed at the end of the game as well.
The defense did a great job of forcing three-and-outs against the 49ers offense the whole game, but when it came to crunch time, the Bears couldn’t make enough plays to win.
The Bears gave up a 44-yard touchdown run to Blaine Gabbert to tie the game at 20 in the fourth quarter. Then gave up a 71-yard touchdown bomb to Torrey Smith in overtime.
Special Teams had a disappointing day too, with Gould missing two field goals.
The Bears lost another game they should have won, failed to make it to .500 and will most likely miss the playoffs again.
The Bears host the Washington Redskins next week in Soldier Field.