Grading the Bears' effort against the Broncos.
Rushing offense: B-
Final numbers a bit misleading because of Garrett Wolfe's 25-yard run to close the first half. Adrian Peterson struggled in relief of the injured Cedric Benson with 45 yards on 17 carries (2.6 average), but his hard running netted some key gains.
Passing offense: B-
Rex Grossman never got into a rhythm until late, but it was worth the wait. He was able to overcome an interception and two lost fumbles. Bad Rex made his first appearance since Week 3 before Good Rex saved the day.
Rushing defense: C-
The Bears acted like they've never seen a pitch wide -- the Broncos ate them up with the play numerous times. A former Bear castoff, Andre Hall, looked like he might have been worth keeping. Denver had 138 yards on 37 carries (3.7 average), with Hall having 98 yards on 26 tries (3.8 average).
Passing defense: D+
The Bears either stopped them cold, or not at all. Ricky Manning Jr. in particular had a rough time covering tight end Tony Scheffler. Jay Cutler finished with a 96.4 passer rating.
Special teams: A
A Devin Hester fumble led to a Denver field goal. Then Hester kinda made up for it with a punt return and a kickoff return for touchdowns. Charles Tillman also blocked a punt. Coverage units were solid.
Special teams was the only phase prepared to play in a must-win game. Not letting the team give up hope moved the final grade from failing to honor roll worthy.