Tuesday, November 23, 2010
NFC North Week 11 decisive moment
By Kevin Seifert
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If you can remember back as far as last Thursday, you'll recall that the Chicago Bears dominated throughout their game against the Miami Dolphins. But late in the third quarter, they were clinging to a dangerously close 9-0 lead at Sun Life Stadium.
Hoping to ice the game, quarterback Jay Cutler drove the Bears deep into Dolphins territory. His 10-yard pass to tight end Greg Olsen gave the Bears a first-and-goal at the Miami 8-yard line.
For me, it was time to cringe.
As we noted earlier this season, the Bears have stubbornly -- and with almost no success -- handed the ball to tailback Matt Forte in similar situations over the past two seasons. Entering Thursday night's game, Forte had scored a touchdown on only four of his 45 goal-to-go carries since the start of the 2009 season.
First play: Forte for 2 yards.
Otherwise known as four-for-46.
Second play: Forte for 4 yards.
On third-and-goal from the 2-yard line, I was expecting some kind of play-action pass to Olsen. Maybe the Dolphins were too. Because Forte rammed the ball over right guard for a touchdown.
The score gave the Bears a commanding 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
And oh, it also gave us this: Five-for-48.