The Bears' win over the Chargers may have cost the team Jay Cutler, but enough about the thumb injury for now. Let's look at Sunday's great performances and those that weren't so great.
Grizzly Bears -- the electrifying performances over San Diego:
Jay Cutler -- Even without a broken thumb, Cutler had a great game. He showed a connection with his receivers, throwing for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He led the team to a key win in the march to the playoffs with his thumb hurting.
Johnny Knox -- Puking on the sideline didn't keep Knox from making three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown and 74 kick return yards. He has struggled this season, so perhaps a touch of the flu was all he needed to excel.
Corey Graham -- It's possible that Graham is the most underrated player in the league. With D.J. Moore out because of a sprained ankle, Graham filled in and got an interception. He did that after making clutch crucial teams plays, giving the Chargers bad field position throughout the day.
Tyler Clutts -- Matt Forte already gave the fullback the nickname "Clutch." He showed how he earned that nickname by filling in for Patrick Mannelly at long snapper. Long snapping is one of those jobs that is much harder than it seems, and much more important than it appears. Clutts filled in admirably for the man who has held the job for the Bears for 147 games.
Teddy Bears -- the shockingly bad work:
The defensive line -- The Chargers had key injuries on the offensive line. It should have been an easy game for Peppers, Idonije, Adams and Melton to break through and put Philip Rivers on his back. They didn't. He was not sacked once.
Charles Tillman -- His forced fumble and recovery atoned for many of Peanut's sins during the game. Vincent Jackson had 165 yards receiving on Tillman's watch.
Published at 9:49 AM CST on Nov 21, 2011
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