Time to Settle Accounts
October 23, 2012: Home field.
Late in the Bears’ 13-7 win over Detroit, before the defense had relinquished the shutout, I was marveling at the improvement shown by Brian Urlacher.
“Hot damn!” I exclaimed to my three friends at our buddy Marvin’s apartment. “He looks like the Urlacher of old!” And he did, flying around the field, jumping into piles, and driving ball carriers back several yards on his powerful tackles.
“I’m so glad I’ve got the Bears D in fantasy,” Marvin said as he scanned his computer. “Just racking up the points tonight.”
“And what’s the spread?” asked G, a bitter Vikings fan.
“I’ve got the Bears minus 6 and a half.”
“Better hold on here,” G said mockingly as the Lions completed five straight passes to cross midfield. “Wouldn’t want your boys to blow this lead or anything.”
He mumbled something about the Bears’ “early cream puff schedule,” but we were locked into this Detroit drive. The situation was growing desperate. The Bears had punished the Lions all game, forcing fumbles, nabbing sacks, and holding Calvin Johnson to 34 yards, and yet it was only 13-0…
…and now the Lions were three yards from the endzone with three minutes to play. Marvin was hiding his face from the TV. Matthew Stafford incomplete on 2nd down. Marvin grimaced. Stafford incomplete on 3rd down. Marvin inhaled. 4th and goal from the 3.
“Woooooo!” Marvin exclaimed. “Gonna make some money tonight!”
But the Bears went three and out and Detroit got the ball back. After an Idonije sack, Stafford gained 44 yards on consecutive passes to move Detroit to the Bears 12. The aged Urlacher made a nice play breaking up a pass, but on 2nd and 10 Stafford found Ryan Broyles in the back left corner of the endzone. Touchdown Lions.
“Noooooo!” Marvin bellowed. Brian Urlacher snapped an invisible bat over his knee. The extra point put the Lions down six. Earl Bennett secured the onside kick. Jay Cutler kneeled the ball. And that was that. Bears 5-1, gamblers bummed.
G grinned and smacked Marv on the shoulder. “Better luck next time.”
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