WORST: Panthers 29, Bears 21 (NFC division playoff)

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT008481" title="Lovie Smith" href="/topic/sports/football/lovie-smith-PESPT008481.topic">Lovie Smith</a>'s breakthrough season ended with a thud. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000036" title="Chicago Bears" href="/topic/sports/football/chicago-bears-ORSPT000036.topic">The Bears</a> entered the postseason boasting the league's best scoring defense, allowing just 12.6 points per game. That was out the window in the first half, as the Panthers jumped out to a 16-7 halftime lead. The Bears never seemed to adjust against speedy receiver <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT006850" title="Steve Smith (wide receiver, born 1979)" href="/topic/sports/football/steve-smith-%28wide-receiver-born-1979%29-PESPT006850.topic">Steve Smith</a>, who torched <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT007485" title="Charles Tillman" href="/topic/sports/football/charles-tillman-PESPT007485.topic">Charles Tillman</a> and the Cover-2 defense for 218 yards on 12 catches, including two touchdowns.
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( Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / January 15, 2006 )

Lovie Smith's breakthrough season ended with a thud. The Bears entered the postseason boasting the league's best scoring defense, allowing just 12.6 points per game. That was out the window in the first half, as the Panthers jumped out to a 16-7 halftime lead. The Bears never seemed to adjust against speedy receiver Steve Smith, who torched Charles Tillman and the Cover-2 defense for 218 yards on 12 catches, including two touchdowns.

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