Progress? The regularly scheduled butt kicking arrived a little late.
Matt Nagy said the first half was 'awesome' and 'fun.' Let's just say that ended abruptly.
Give the Bears credit. They got their asses kicked just about as thoroughly as we expected them to, but it felt different, because they did it in a different order than usual. Instead of starting bad and waiting for the Packers to lose interest before they padded their stats and made it seem closer than it was, this time they started well and then completely fell apart.
A flurry of points scored (and allowed) in the second quarter made halftime a little more bearable. But in the end, the Bears are who we thought they were.
Hey, at least it was fun for a half. That’s a lot longer than most games have been. You were probably as surprised as I was that the success of 97 yard punt returns and long runs off short passes to the punt returner and whatever Damiere Byrd is was unsustainable. But still. Fun.
And then, it was just as bad as it always is. After Grant’s punt return the Bears were up 24-10 with 1:32 left in the first half. It took the Packers 40 seconds to make it 24-17. The Bears were outscored 35-6 after going up 24-10.
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