10 plays that shaped season: No. 2

January, 7, 2014
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We continue with the 10 plays that negatively affected the Chicago Bears' season with another doozy from the club’s regular-season finale against the Green Bay Packers.

Again, these plays are listed in no particular order:

WHEN: Dec. 29, 2013

WHERE: A 33-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field

THE PLAY: Jarrett Boykin’s 15-yard scoop and score.

WHAT THEY SAID: Linebacker James Anderson: “We all thought it was a dead ball. That's why everyone kind of stopped. It was a big play. We need to make sure that we hear the whistle. I thought I did [hear a whistle], but I don't even know initially if anyone else knew it was a live ball. I guess the one time that you don't [pick up], it hurts you. That's neither here nor there. That was one play in the game, and we still had an opportunity to win.”

IMPACT OF THE PLAY: It definitely contributed to Chicago’s season-ending loss to the Packers. Take away that touchdown and the Bears win the game. Green Bay took a 10-7 lead with 3:28 left in the first half of that game by exploiting the fact the Bears weren’t playing heads-up football at the time. Julius Peppers sacked Aaron Rodgers as he attempted to throw, and the ball came loose, landing on the turf. The play appeared to be an incomplete pass, causing players from both teams to temporarily freeze. But officials never blew the play dead. As players from both teams watched, Boykin alertly scooped up the ball and raced 15 yards for a TD.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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