In Sunday’s Super Bowl in rainy Miami to me there was one overriding factor as to why the Bears were unable to complete their journey to bring the city of Chicago their first Super Bowl since 1985, and that factor was the Rex Factor. Rex of course being Bears QB Rex Grossman, who didn’t let down those who thought he was due to have a bad game when he needed it most. Sunday he came through for those people that expected his demise, and with it allowed the Bears season to slip away on the wet field at Dolphin Stadium.
It would be wrong to say that Grossman was the only reason why the Bears fell to the Colts 29-17, but in my opinion his play was the biggest factor on offense why the team was only able to put up 10 offensive points. He was unable to recreate any sort of magic that he showed in his previous two playoff wins, and the pressure of playing in his first Super Bowl really seemed to effect him. He reverted back to his old ways throwing two picks, and the second was the killer that all but ended the Bears chances.
Trailing by five at 22-17 on their own 38 with just under 12 minutes left in the game, Grossman put up a wounded duck that was intended for Mushin Muhammad. The ball floated badly, was picked by Colts CB Kelvin Hayden, and returned 56 yards for a touchdown. The score made it 29-17, and seemed to sap any energy left out of the Bears. “I was giving ‘the Moose’ a chance to go up and battle for it on kind of a hitch-and-go,” Grossman explained. “The corner got his eyes around and saw the ball and made a good play on it.” It was more of a bad throw by Grossman than a good play by Hayden, whose return was a lot tougher than the pick. The play will go down as the signature play for the Super Bowl, and it was a play that Grossman simply would have loved to have had back the moment the ball left his hands.
“It’s extremely disappointing when you get this close to a world championship and you come up short. There is nothing else to say,” Grossman said. What is disappointing is that Grossman seemed to have his game well in order entering Sunday’s Super Bowl. He played well in both the Divisional win and the NFC Championship game, but Sunday was at his worst, like many thought he would be with a World Championship on the line. Overall Rex was 20-for-28 for 165 yards, but the two picks on back to back possessions halted any chances the Bears had of leaving Miami with a title.
“My confidence never wavered. It was a matter of getting into a rhythm on offense,” Grossman said. “We just couldn’t do well on third-and-medium. We missed some crucial plays and that’s the difference in the Super Bowl.” That was the difference, and now the painful reminders for Grossman will be something he will have to live with all offseason everytime he turns on the TV and sees any Super Bowl highlights of his backbreaking mistakes.