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This is why I love sports. Steve Rhodes:
If there was ever a question as to whether the Bears had lost the faith of their fans, it was answered on Sunday in two reactions to their strange, undeserved victory that I witnessed while watching the game at the Beachwood Inn. From what I've read and heard, the reactions were not unique across Bears Country.
That was definitely my experience at the Beetle yesterday afternoon. But who really "won," so to speak?
1. The Bears won, at least as far as the score at the end of the game.
2. Then again, they only won because of the NFL's pedantic interpretation of Calvin Johnson's non-catch.
3. Then again, the Bears arguably outplayed the Lions by leaps and bounds: Jay Cutler threw for 372 yards at a 66% clip, with
one TD against two INTs two TDs against one INT and an impressive 10.4 yards per attempt, while the Lions' QBs combined for 171 yards at 53% (though Matt Stafford was playing efficiently, and the Lions were hamstrung when he went out with an injury). The Bears had 101 yards net rushing at an okay 3.3 yard average, while the Lions had 20 net yards at a pathetic one-yard average. The Bears led in time of possession by about 9.5 minutes, and outgained the Lions by 295 yards.
4. Then again, the Bears had four turnovers to the Lions' three, which is the difference between terrible and merely bad, and Cutler was sacked four times.
Conclusion: lots of people think the Bears, in winning, didn't win; but perhaps they won in not winning in winning.
They're still going to finish third in the division, though, so just be prepared for that.