"We had too much at stake to come out in the first half like we did," said Jets DT Jason Ferguson, who was flagged for a key roughing the passer penalty that set up Leon Johnson's touchdown run giving Chicago a 17-7 lead. "We came out in t he second half fighting trying to find a way but it was just too late.
"I can't really explain it. I don't know why we weren't up to it. This was the only game we had left. We weren't aggressive. When they were driving the ball on us, it was like we were going through the motions."
As poorly as the Jets played the visitors still had a chance to tie the game on their final possession. Driving inside Bears territory as the clock went under two minutes a pass to Wayne Chrebet moved the Jets in the red zone, but the receiver fighting for extra yardage, hurdled a Bear defender and on the way down lost the ball trying to trying to brace his fall.
"You know it's the kind of thing you don't really think about out there, you just react, and that was my reaction," Chrebet said of his leap into the air. "You try to make a play. I had a good head of steam going and I could see the end zone. I was trying to make something happen."
The Jets didn't lose the game on that play alone. New York settled for two field goals from 28 and 42 yards.
Although, the Jets were the least penalized team in football coming into the game New York had seven penalties for 55 yards.
Jets head coach Herman Edwards gave the credit to the Bears.
"They beat us, no excuses," Edwards said. "We didn't play out game, and if you don't play your game, your turn the ball over and you don't stop the run. We've been pretty good against the run. They ran the ball a little bit and took some time off of the clock. They deserved to win."