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Bears Rewind: Bears 21, Buccaneers 13 — November 23, 2014

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This weekend, the Bears are in Tampa Bay to take on Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. So, that means that this week’s installment of the Bears Rewind will feature the Bucs and the Bears.

No, it won’t feature a total beatdown of Tampa like we saw when Mitch Trubisky threw six touchdowns en route to a 48-10 victory in September of 2018. Or even the Bears upsetting Brady and the Bucs’ last season at Soldier Field on Sunday Night Football. What it will feature, however, is Lovie Smith. But Lovie Smith as the head coach of the Buccaneers. Why? Because I’m in a chaos type of mood today, and I love seeing Jay Cutler Bears games. Oh, and I figured that this would be an excellent opportunity to remind ourselves that as much as the Matt Nagy era has been largely disappointing, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will compare to the Marc Trestman era.

That’s right, it’s the “leader of men,” himself, Marc Trestman, and the Chicago Bears knocking off Lovie Smith’s Buccaneers back in Week 12 of the 2014 season!

A Josh McCown touchdown strike to Mike Evans early in the second quarter and then a Patrick Murray 32-yard field goal would give Lovie’s Bucs’ a 10-0 halftime lead over Marc Trestman’s Bears, but a big third quarter for the Bears would change the game.

Jay Cutler would hook up with Alshon Jeffery on a two-yard touchdown to make it 10-7 after Cutler found Martellus Bennett over the middle for 26 yards to get the Bears into the red zone. A Josh McCown fumble set up a 13-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte to give the Bears the lead late in the third quarter. With the Bears leading 14-10, McCown threw a tipped pass interception to Ryan Mundy, setting the Bears and Matt Forte up to punch another one in to make it a 21-10 lead with 3:02 to play in the third.

The Bucs’ would hit a Patrick Murray Field goal to make it an eight-point game at 21-13 with less than five to play, but they would turn the ball over on downs with 2:03 to play, and that would be all she wrote as the “leader of men,” Marc Trestman and his Bears spoiled Lovie Smith’s return to Soldier Field.

Truthfully, I wish that Lovie would have crammed it down Trestman and the Bears’ throats, but they were just a little suckier than the Bears that season. Oh well, check out the highlights, and enjoy tomorrow’s game. Hopefully, the Bears can pull off an upset that we can feature in this installment here in a few years.



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.