Tyler Palko and Caleb Hanie are not good quarterbacks. But one of them had to win today in Chicago, and it was Palko — thanks to a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the first half.
The Chiefs topped the Bears 10-3 in a game where the only touchdown came when Palko launched a pass into the end zone as time expired in the second quarter and the ball bounced off Brian Urlacher’s hands and into the arms of Dexter McCluster for a touchdown.
Other than that Hail Mary, Palko averaged just 4.1 yards a pass. But he was still by far the better quarterback on the field on Sunday, as Hanie was simply horrible for the Bears. Hanie completed just 11 of 24 passes for 133 yards, with three interceptions. Hanie also didn’t get much help from his teammates, as running back Matt Forte left the game early with a knee injury, and Bears receiver Roy Williams missed what could have been a game-tying touchdown catch and turned into an interception in the end zone.
The Bears entered today’s game in the lead in the NFC wild card race, but if the offense keeps playing like it played today, the Bears are going nowhere.
Kansas City, at 5-7, is probably out of the AFC West race, even though that’s a division no one seems to want to win, other than Tim Tebow. The Chiefs’ final two games are against the division-leading Raiders and Broncos, so if they can close to within a game of those two division rivals, they’d have a chance of reaching the playoffs. But considering that the Chiefs play the Packers and Jets in the next two weeks, they’re probably going to be out of the division race soon.
The Bears are still right in the thick of the playoff race for now, but they’ve got to get something going on offense. Chicago could do nothing today.