A- If only the Bears could have utilized Jay Cutler like this all season. Cutler had pass plays of 55 and 60 yards in the first quarter and finished 18-of-31 for 257 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs for a 95.8 passer rating.
A If only the Bears could have utilized Matt Forte like this all season. Forte rushed for 103 yards and a 1-yard TD on 24 carries and also had 2 catches for 21 yards.
B If only the Bears could have utilized Earl Bennett like this all season. Bennett had 5 catches for 109 yards and a 60-yard TD. Alshon Jeffery (4-76) had a 55-yard catch.
A If only the Bears could have utilized Roberto Garza & Co. like this all season. The Bears rushed for 144 yards 94.1 per carry) and passed for 257. The 1 false start was down from 8 in 2011.
B+ The Bears only had one sack but still made key plays. Henry Melton made a couple of Pro Bowl plays. Israel Idonije had a sack and forced fumble that Julius Peppers recovered.
B Lance Briggs had 6 tackles, including one TFL. His roughing penalty on Matt Stafford was bogus. Pending film review, Nick Roach led the Bears with 8 tackles. Geno Hayes had a big stop.
B+ Charles Tillman helped hold Calvin Johnson, who had been averaging 160 yards per game, to 5 catches for 76 yards. Tim Jennings had his ninth INT. Major Wright added a fumble recovery.
B Devin Hester still struggled in the return game and Olindo Mare missed a 43-yard FG. But Adam Podlesh and the punt coverage team had another strong game.
B If only Lovie Smith and his staff could have had their team start and finish strong like this all season. The Bears were ready to play and didn’t wilt in the end. On this day, that was enough.