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Saints shut down Bears offense in likely Trubisky swan song


NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (HOI) -- The 2020-21 Chicago Bears season can best be summed up as a roller coaster ride, with many highs and lows over their 17 total games. The ride ends with an ugly 21-9 loss in the playoffs to the New Orleans Saints.

"Making the playoffs is great, but what we did today has to be a lot better," said Matt Nagy after the game.

The Saints defense stymied Nagy's offense for much of the game, with the Bears only touchdown coming as time expired. Mitchell Trubisky, in what is likely his final game in a Bears uniform, threw for 199 yards and 1 touchdown while completing 65.5% of his throws. The lone touchdown was caught by Jimmy Graham.

"There are some good things that we did towards the end of the season that helped put us in the position to be able to play here tonight, but that's not how we want to finish. We finished 8-8 and we did that last year, there's still things that need to be changed."

After starting the season under center for the Bears, Trubisky was benched for Nick Foles during a Week 3 30-26 win over the Falcons. Chicago would start the season 5-1, but Foles tenure as the starting quarterback waned as the Bears lost six straight and their playoff hopes looked bleak. After an injury to Foles, Trubisky reclaimed the starting job and held it for the rest of the season, going on a late season surge to help the Bears win 3 of their final 4 games and earn a playoff berth.

The seeming resurgence of Trubisky appeared to potentially secure himself a new contract with the Bears, but that appears unlikely after the offense struggled in both the season finale against the Packers and in the playoffs against the Saints.

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