Garza: "We need to turn things around"

The Chicago Bears have lost three of four contests, and will finish the season with three out of the final four on the road. If the club doesn't improve quickly, it will be a long offseason.

How frustrating was it for the Chicago Bears' offense not to have an opportunity to be on the field in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks?

"Horrible," said Roberto Garza. "I hated to see Seattle drive down the field but not get the opportunity to come in and counter."

In regulation time, all seemed lost for Chicago, going down by three points with less than a minute to play, until a miraculous 46-yard catch by Brandon Marshall gave Robbie Gould a chance to tie the game. As the clock ran down to zero, Gould put the ball through the uprights, giving the Bears a chance at pulling out an overtime win. Unfortunately, Chicago's offense never got the ball, with Seattle driving 80 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of OT for the 23-16 win.

"We had them beat," Garza said. "It was awful to watch it all slip away. That's the worst kind of loss watching as it all goes down."

The game-winning score came on a pass reception by Sidney Rice, who fumbled the ball shortly after crossing the goal line. After looking at the replays, the referees confirmed the call on the field. Game over.

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"Did the ball slip out of Rice's hands before he crossed the goal line. It's not for me to say," said Garza. "But you hate to see a game decided by a ref's decision. We needed more time to turn it around at the end and that didn't happen."

Despite the loss, Garza was satisfied with the performance of a cobbled-together offensive line, which allowed just one sack on the afternoon.

"They are all pros who have played this game for a while. Yes they were switched around some but they knew how to perform, how to step up. I felt they did a good, solid job."

Chicago's offense scored on their first drive of the game – a 12-yard touchdown grab by Earl Bennett – but didn't post another point until late in the third quarter, giving Seattle a chance to climb back into the game.

"That's something we've been working on, getting our tempo going early," said Garza. "We eventually moved into it but, by that time, Seattle had begun moving the ball as well."

With the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers next on the schedule, Garza is concerned by not panicking yet, as he know the Bears control their own destiny.

"We can still make the playoffs but we need to turn things around right away."

That could be difficult with mounting injuries for starters on both sides of the ball, including three wide receivers on the shelf, and the defense losing both Tim Jennings and Brian Urlacher in Sunday's contest.

"The guys who can play will play," Garza said. "The rest will step up. That is our job, to fill in as needed. But I can say right now that we never want to be in this situation again, where we have a team beat but then let them get away from us as the game goes on. That is what we'll be working on this week. Losing in overtime is awful and I never want to experience that again."

Beth Gorr has been covering the Bears for the last 12 years and is the author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.

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