Problem for Bears: Cutler is no Rodgers

Packers QB again proves how much better he is than Chicago counterpart

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on the three pass-interference calls against receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Less than two minutes remained in the first half when the Bears took over on their on their 37-yard line, tied at 7-7.

Then there was Jay Cutler, shaking his head, hands up in there air, look of exasperation on his face after throwing an interception that appeared to be aimed at no one wearing navy blue.

And shortly afterward, there was Aaron Rodgers, slapping hands and congratulating teammates after he calmly, smoothly drilled a pass to James Jones for the go-ahead touchdown.

Story of their seasons.

Story of their teams.

Story of their careers.

Yes, the loss to the Packers on Sunday probably killed the playoffs for the Bears. But it did more than that.

It made it so very clear, if it wasn't clear already, that the gap that exists between the teams may never be bridged by Cutler.

Rodgers is just too good.

Cutler might want to keep Sunday's game tape out of the negotiations for a new contract if he wants to be paid like an elite quarterback.

Rodgers will have plenty of evidence that he is elite when he steps to the bargaining table for a contract extension with the Packers.

Whenever the Packers offense was in a critical situation, Rodgers stepped up.

Whenever the Bears offense was in a critical situation, Adam Podlesh was soon to be called upon.

To be fair, a lot of the offensive problems were out of Cutler's control.

Officials were hard on the Bears offense. Alshon Jeffery played like a rookie. The Packers played some inspired defense and prevented Brandon Marshall from backing up his tough talk.

The running game disappeared like a turtle's head on the goal line. And the offensive line, put together with twist ties and masking tape, often did not give Cutler enough time to even swallow hard before getting hit.

The game swung on that interception, for which Cutler took the blame publicly, even though it appeared Devin Hester may have not been where Cutler thought he would be.

"You know, it came out of my hands," Cutler said. "I'm responsible. Those things can't happen. That's how you lose ballgames against good teams like that."

It did not surprise Packers safety Charles Woodson, who did not return from his collarbone injury but was not needed.

"We feel like if we're patient, we'll get him," Woodson said of Cutler. "That was a huge play in the game."

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