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Bears fail to get pressure on Rodgers

The Sports Xchange

--The Bears didn't get their one and only sack Sunday night until the outcome had long since been decided and Aaron Rodgers had given way to Matt Flynn. And it was cornerback Charles Tillman who got to the Packers' backup quarterback.

It was the eighth game this season that the Bears had one or zero sacks, and they were 27th in sack percentage entering the game.

"Rodgers was getting the ball out quick sometimes, but when you go through an entire game, you have to be able to get pressure," coach Lovie Smith said. "We have good players up front, (but) we didn't get him out of his rhythm enough to help the coverage. Again, it was a combination of both, the rush and the coverage."

Rodgers hung five touchdown passes and a 142.7 passer rating on the Bears, the first quarterback to top 100.0 against the Bears since the Lions' Matthew Stafford did it in Week 5.

"Whenever you give up five touchdown passes, it's not a good effort," Smith said. "I know the coverage will get blamed for a lot of that, but it was all of us; talking about the rush (too). We didn't knock (Rodgers) down a lot; he had a lot of time. We (didn't) have many flash plays defensively: no tackles for losses, no sacks and, of course, no takeaways."

--Josh McCown may have shown enough in one start to move past Caleb Hanie as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback after Jay Cutler returns.

"Everything you do, you have to look at the performance, and the performance Josh put in (Sunday) night was impressive," coach Lovie Smith said. "That's why we can get so much done this week. We want to see him have an opportunity to come back and play again this coming week. You normally can find a spot for a player that played the way he played (Sunday) night."

McCown's solid performance begs the question of whether he could have played similarly a week or two earlier when the Bears were foundering at quarterback in losses to the Seahawks and Broncos.

"We felt like the time for Josh to play was (Sunday) night, (after) giving him an opportunity to catch up a little bit," Smith said. "He'd been out of football (last season and most of this season). When a guy plays the way he played (Sunday) night you can always say that. But, to me, we followed the proper course to get him out there on the football field."

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