Bears grades vs. Packers: Wide receivers

Bears grades vs. Packers: Wide receivers
December 30, 2013, 9:00 am
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Alshon Jeffery picked a horrific time to lose his first fumble of 2013, stripped of the ball at the end of a completion at the Chicago 30 with two minutes to play in the half, setting up a Green Bay field goal in the final seconds of the first half.

But Jeffery put the offense in position for what could have been the game-winning touchdown when he gathered in a Jay Cutler pass for a 67-yard play to the Green Bay one-yard line. Tight end Dante Rosario’s block on the left edge allowed Matt Forte to ease into the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.

Brandon Marshall caught a team-high six passes to reach 100 for the second straight season as a Bear and fifth consecutive in his career. Marshall finished with 12 touchdowns, third-highest in franchise history, after working free in the back-right of the end zone and hauling in a touch pass from Cutler.

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If there was a shortcoming in the position area it lay with failure to target tight end Martellus Bennett on more than one throw. But that was not on the receiver, and Bennett contributed in pass protection as well as run blocking with Eben Britton, normally the extra blocker on the edge, pressed into duty at right tackle after Jordan Mills was lost to a foot injury after the first possession.

The overall, however, was a balanced offensive effort that produced 28 points on only 15 pass completions, with receivers producing yards after the catch and factoring in the run game.

“It hurt pretty bad, but I’m proud of the guys,” Marshall said. “It wasn’t a weird way to finish the season; it was a tough way to finish the season. Thankful, definitely thankful for the opportunity we had to control our own destiny and you can’t ask for anything more than that, and we didn’t get it done.”

Moon's Grade: A-