Kirk Cousins Finally Gets His Signature Win. Whatever. And Other Bears Bullets

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Kirk Cousins Finally Gets His Signature Win. Whatever. And Other Bears Bullets

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There is time carved out of every Sunday for me to plan my week ahead. Yesterday was no different, but today I woke up with a pounding headache that kept me in bed for hours after I intended to get up. It was painful. But after finally pulling it together after breakfast and some morning meditation, I feel better. Now, let’s see if it can last for the whole day.

  • Death. Taxes. And the New Orleans Saints being eliminated from the postseason in the post painful way imaginable:

  • Imagine going 13-3 and entering the playoffs on a heater, only to be toppled by Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. OUCH.
  • I mean, look at the history Cousins erased on Sunday:

  • You like that? No, not really. But here it is anyway:

  • What an image:
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • Yesterday marked the first time a Cousins-led team knocked off an opponent who finished the season with an above-.500 record while on the road. Cousins silenced his many critics (myself included) by making two HUGE passes in overtime to secure the win. I already hate that I can’t bag on Cousins anymore. Thanks for nothing, Saints.
  • Frankly, the only takeaway I had yesterday is that — when it comes to playing the Vikings while at home — Chase Daniel >>> Drew Brees.
  • This has to be hard to stomach:

  • Would you rather be good enough to make the playoffs constantly with a mediocre quarterback or lose in heart-breaking fashion every time your team makes the postseason despite having an all-time great at the position?
  • So … about that pass interference penalty the Saints wanted called on the game-ending touchdown pass:

  • As for Al Riveron’s explanation:

  • If anyone needs me, I’ll be searching for my eyeballs that rolled through the back of my head after reading this explanation. By letter of the law, that’s pass interference. Then again, OPI is so sparsely called that I wasn’t surprised that this one didn’t draw a flag. Frankly, the bigger picture story here is that the league really needs to set some guidelines as to how to rule on pass interference from the replay booth. There were a dozen plays this year that were clear calls (far clearer than the example above) that were not overturned. It feels as if the league went into this to make a rule just to get folks off their back. And that’s not a good way to put together a rule book.
  • Here is my hope: The NFL uses the conclusion of that game to re-vamp its overtime policy. Just say no to immediate sudden death. Let both teams get the ball. Play a full period if needed. For my money, hockey does playoff overtime the best. A close second would be a re-configured NFL extra session that has both teams getting the ball. Besides, who DOESN’T want to see more playoff football?
  • Lost in the madness was Taysom Hill unleashed this bomb:

  • Not bad, QB3.
  • Elsewhere in Sunday’s games, former Bears great Josh McCown was doing work in relief of Carson Wentz:

  • And this is how McCown ended up in the game in the first place:

  • Things look worse in slow motion, but that this wasn’t called a penalty feels like a miss by the officiating crew that was at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. That’s a forceable helmet-to-helmet blow. I’m sure Jadeveon Clowney didn’t intend to give Carson Wentz a concussion, but the only way to slow down guys from leading with their head is by penalizing them enough for them to re-consider doing it.
  • This artwork was my favorite thing the Bears did in 2019:

  • In case you missed it, the Bears officially announced the hiring of Juan Castillo to be the team’s new offensive line coach. We wrote about the hire on a cursory level here. Expect more later today.
  • Kyle Long is stepping away from the game, so he tweets. The long-time Bear was a staple on the offensive line until injuries piled up and took their toll on him. There were plenty of folks who reached out to long in the wake of the news:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.