The Chicago Tribune-Mike Downey:Bears coulda, shoulda
Grossman was dejected to see this game and this chance to quiet his critics slip away.
"It was slippery," he said of the wet football. "When the ball was snapped up from center, it would just kind of slide off of my hands."
The defense's leader, Brian Urlacher, also saw a Super Bowl ring slip through his fingers.
"We just couldn't make the plays we needed to make and we didn't do a good job of tackling," Urlacher said. "The defense and I just didn't make plays. All season long we have prided ourselves on our defense and on making plays, and we did not come out and do that."