Did Lovie Smith’s Timeout With the Bears Driving Ruin a Trip To The Super Bowl?

January 23, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With the Chicago Bears down 21-14, driving down the field by the sensational play of third string quarterback Caleb Hanie, the Packers defense appeared to be vulnerable to any play. But on a 3rd and 3, at the Packers 30-yard line, Lovie Smith called a time-out from the sidelines.  The Bears appeared to have called the right play with a run up the middle with Matt Forte. 
However, Lovie felt otherwise.
The Bears called a time-out, and they drew up a play they felt would give them a first down. Instead, the Bears called for a wide receiver reverse with Earl Bennett. The Green Bay Packers swarmed Bennett to cause a loss of yards.  The ensuing play, Hanie's pass was intercepted by Sam Shields and the Bears Super Bowl dreams evaporated instantly. 
What many Bears fans will be wondering for months to come is how could the Bears waste a time-out and run a wide receiver reverse on third-down? Fans would think that a coaches playbook expands more than a high s...

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