Take away a miracle Hail Mary touchdown pass by Tyler Palko to Dexter McCluster and the Bears defense gave up three points.
Brian Urlacher and Chris Conte did the right thing by batting the ball down in the endzone, but safety Craig Steltz just wasn’t in position to box McCluster out.
The defense played with great intensity allowing a total of 252 yards in the entire game. 38 yards came on the hail mary catch at the end of the first half by McCluster.
The Chiefs were able to convert only seven of 20 third downs, while the inept Bears offense failed to convert a single third down on 11 attempts.
Three points scored on offense and no takeaways against a bad Chiefs team will not get you a victory.
The loss wasn’t the worst part about the Bears day.
The worst part was the loss of running back Matt Forte in the first quarter. Forte took a handoff from Hanie and was hit hard in his right knee by Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson.
Forte was quickly announced done for the day after he rushed for 12 yards on five attempts. He suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain on the hit by Johnson.
An injury like Forte’s takes up to four weeks to heal usually, but the Bears could get Forte back in time for the Christmas clash with the 12-0 Packers.
Without Forte, the Bears will lean on Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell. Undrafted rookie Armando Allen is currently on the practice squad, but he could be used as the third back.
This is a game the Bears needed to have considering the tightness of the NFC wild card race.
The Chiefs are certainly not a better team then the Bears. The Bears defense can contain offenses, but can’t win them games without help from the offense.
Caleb Hanie needs to step it up next week. Earl Bennett was used incorrectly. Devin Hester saw more time on offense. Johnny Knox had success once again.
Roy Williams looked pathetic on the potential touchdown pass from Hanie that turned out to be intercepted by the Chiefs.
The receivers might not be in sync with Hanie up to this point, but Hanie needs to make better decisions with the ball. Way to many times in the game, he was waiting in the pocket and wound up getting sacked.
Hanie has been picked off three times in each of his starts this season. He was sacked seven times by a last ranked Chiefs pass rush.
He needs to get rid of the ball quicker and can’t be so indecisive with the ball like he has been.
Head coach Lovie Smith seems adamant about leaving the Bears quarterback situation alone.
He reiterated that Caleb was the Bears quarterback this morning and Forte will likely be back for the end of the season in the press conference.
Despite the loss, the Bears are still the fifth seed in the NFC. Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas and New York all lost.
So, at 7-5 the Bears are still on pace to make the playoffs, but they need to get things together on offense.
They can’t go through a game and not convert a single third down. Roy Williams should see less time on the field, while Bennett and Hester should be used more.
The only consistent receivers for the Bears yesterday were Johnny Knox and Kellen Davis.
A matchup against the first place Tebow led Broncos in Denver will be a big test for the Bears.
The time is now for the Bears, if they want any chance at the postseason they need to start playing playoff caliber football.
Without Cutler and now Forte the offense will have a tough time, but it can’t get much worse then the performance against Kansas City on Sunday.
Here’s a look at the last four games for all the NFC wild card contenders.
Bears (7-5): at Denver, Seattle, at Green Bay, at Minnesota
Lions (7-5): Minnesota, at Oakland, San Diego, at Green Bay
Falcons (7-5): at Carolina, Jacksonville, at New Orleans, Tampa Bay
Cowboys (7-5): N.Y. Giants, at Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, at N.Y. Giants
Giants (6-6): at Dallas, Washington, at N.Y. Jets, Dallas
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