A joyous night leads to ... what?

December, 29, 2009
12/29/09
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CHICAGO -- Soldier Field was rocking Monday night when Chicago receiver Devin Aromashodu hauled in Jay Cutler’s fourth touchdown pass of the evening, a 39-yarder to give the Bears a 36-30 victory over Minnesota.

“This is the kind of finish we wanted all season long and finally we got it,” linebacker Lance Briggs said. “It’s a positive. These are the things -- crowd is excited on the big catch, we’re excited, every one’s running on the field. That’s the kind of feeling you want to have.”

As we enter the final week of the season, here’s the big question in Chicago: Will that feeling be enough to stave off an offseason overhaul of the team? What does it mean for the future of coach Lovie Smith and his staff?

Smith seemed to acknowledge that question Monday night, imploring players during a pregame speech to have their best games of the season.

“It was an opportunity to show what we can be in the future,” Smith said. “It’s about our future. That was enough. Guys know when everyone is watching. You want to play your best. It was pride, too, for guys who wear the Chicago Bears uniform. At times, we haven’t been pleased with our play. But we’re moving on.”

It would be hard to imagine the Bears making a long-term decision, one way or the other, based on a single game. Cutler said: “We obviously will see where we are at the end of the season. Everyone will be evaluated, and we will go from there.”

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