Brandon Marshall looking to put loss behind quickly
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter December 29, 2013 9:50PM
Updated: December 30, 2013 6:56PM
Receiver Brandon Marshall fell to the ground as the Green Bay Packers intercepted the Bears’ Hail Mary pass at the gun Sunday.
‘‘I knew that wasn’t a good look,’’ he said.
Marshall thought about LeBron James, who left the court after a playoff loss to the Orlando Magic in 2009 without shaking hands, and about Ray Lewis, whose inspirational speech after a playoff loss to the New England Patriots after the 2011 season helped propel the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl title last season.
‘‘I just thought about the best way to move forward as fast as possible,’’ Marshall said.
Marshall now has played eight seasons without reaching the playoffs.
‘‘It hurts pretty bad,’’ he said, ‘‘but I’m proud of the guys.’’
Marshall caught six passes for
74 yards, including a 37-yarder down the left sideline that set up a touchdown in the first quarter. He caught a five-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter after quarterback Jay Cutler walked to the line of scrimmage thinking the Bears would hand the ball off. The Packers were blitzing, though, leaving Marshall in man-to-man coverage.
‘‘Just threw one up to ‘B,’ ’’ Cutler said. ‘‘He did what he does best and just made a play for us.’’
With the ball in the air, Marshall turned all the way around, found it and caught it near the NFC logo in the Bears’ north end zone.
Marshall, who was named Friday to the Pro Bowl, finished the season with an even 100 catches for 1,295 yards.
He still is waiting for that elusive playoff berth, but he smiled when telling the Lewis story, as though that might be possible for him, too.
‘‘We were in position,’’ he said. ‘‘We just didn’t get it done.’’