Bears grades vs. Packers: Special teams

Bears grades vs. Packers: Special teams
December 30, 2013, 12:15 am
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Moon's Week 17 Grades

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Devin Hester’s 39-yard kickoff return to open the game was a major starting boost, setting the offense up in Green Bay territory after a roughness penalty on the Packers. Hester then ignited the Bears in the second half with a 49-yard punt return to set the offense up at the Green Bay 30.

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Michael Ford cost the Bears 18 yards of field position by having a foot on the goal line when he attempted to keep the first Chicago punt out of the end zone. Instead of Green Bay starting from the Chicago 2, Aaron Rodgers and the offense moved out to the 20. The mistake was magnified when the Bears wasted a timeout with an unsuccessful challenge.

The offense was put in a hole following Green Bay’s second-quarter field goal when Hester fumbled and the Bears recovered but were set back to their 10-yard line on an illegal block by Blake Costanzo.

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Adam Podlesh’s punting was ineffective other than one inside the 20 that the coverage unit failed to down properly and resulted in a touchback. Podlesh averaged a weak 34.3 with a 29.3 net, The Packers were able to start possessions at their 36 and the Chicago 41 after consecutive second-quarter punts, possessions that resulted in a field goal and touchdown needing only 75 combined yards of offense.

Moon's Grade: C-