Yep, it's almost over.
No, not the Bears' season. Only the most pessimistic fan would fear the worst from a 3-0 team.
Rather, "Breaking Bad" has just one more episode remaining to incinerate our nerves before its five-season run ends Sept. 29. And if you were watching Walter White—er, Bryan Cranston—and friends Sunday instead of tuning in to Bears-Pittsburgh, we understand.
So to fill in the gaps, we've matched up the key players from Sunday's game with their "Breaking Bad" counterparts:
Walter White: The undisputed star of the show.
Hank Schrader: Single-minded, almost to a fault.
Skyler White: Hard to like but gets the job done.
Jesse Pinkman: Well, he gets beat up a lot.
Walter: Matt Forte, hands down. Not long after he punched it in from 5 yards out for a touchdown, the Bears’ do-it-all running back exploded for a 55-yard run, setting up another Bears TD.
Hank: D.J. Williams was glued to Ben Roethlisberger. The Bears linebacker stripped the Steelers quarterback early in the quarter and planted him into the turf for the sack to end it.
Skyler: OK, so coach Marc Trestman was unsuccessful in his first-quarter challenge. He still had the guts to go for it on fourth-and-goal, and his offense rewarded him with a 17-0 lead.
Jesse: Poor Pittsburgh offense. The home crowd went "nuts" after the Steelers mustered a rarely-seen first down on its first play from scrimmage. Harsh. And well-deserved, especially considering Roethlisberger fumbled two plays later.
Score: Bears 17, Steelers 0
Walter: Major Wright picked off a Steelers pass early in the quarter and, you guessed it, turned it into a Bears score. Just as it should be.
Hank: The Bears just keep feeding Forte the rock. He finished the half with nine rushes and three receptions. If it ain’t broke …
Skyler: Say what you will about Roethlisberger and his off-field issues, he’s a beast on the field. He shook off that pick-six to throw a TD to Antonio Brown, making the Steelers less desperate for the time being.
Jesse: You don’t expect a punter to take contact, so it was big when Zoltan Mesko (yes, that’s his real name) got smacked by the Bears’ Anthony Walters. Result: the drive stayed alive for the Steelers, who eventually scored a TD. Ugh.
Halftime score: Bears 24, Steelers 10
Walter: Antonio Brown might be the new Martellus Bennett. The Steelers receiver made an incredible grab to pull his team within a touchdown. Just tip your cap and move on.
Hank: Fans love how Julius Peppers will stop at nothing to get a sack. They just wish it happened a bit more often. So does Peppers.
Skyler: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis were spotted on the Bears sideline Sunday night. See, they don’t show up ONLY at Soldier Field.
Jesse: Forte had his foot wrapped after getting tangled up with Jay Cutler and a Steelers lineman. Your health comes first, Matt.
Score: Bears 27, Steelers 20
Walter: Aaaaand Cutler takes over. Right after the Steelers cut the lead to four, the Bears QB ran for a first down, hit Brandon Marshall for 41 yards and capped the drive with a TD strike to Earl Bennett. How MVP-like.
Hank: Earl Bennett gets an A-plus for focus on his touchdown catch, corralling the ball while dragging his feet in the corner of the end zone. Amazing.
Skyler: Roethlisberger and those damn pump-fakes confused the hell out of the Bears defense. And it almost burned them one too many times. Almost.
Jesse: After suffering a concussion in the preseason, Henry Melton injured his knee and left the field on a golf cart. Also, Charles Tillman suffered a groin injury.
Final score: Bears 40, Steelers 23
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