Some of best for last

Greg Olsen set a career high with 94 yards receiving Sunday against the Lions. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

DETROIT -- Nothing can dull the pain of missing the postseason for three consecutive seasons. However, there were several bright spots in the Chicago Bears' 37-23 win over the Detroit Lions.

  • Greg Olsen: Set his career high with 94 yards receiving on only five receptions. "It was nice to catch some ball on the move downfield these last couple of weeks," Olsen said. "It was a good way to end." The tight end finishes with a team-high eight touchdowns this season.

  • Jay Cutler: Cutler's touchdown-to-interception ratio the past two games was fantastic (7 to 1), and he actually wound up throwing more TDs than picks this season (27 to 26). "We've got to get that other number down. It's the bottom line," Cutler said. True, but at least the Bears got some consistency and big play-making ability from their quarterback at the end of the season.

  • Devin Aromashodu: He needs to be able to compete for a starting job in 2010. Aromashodu's two touchdowns versus Detroit continue to showcase his abilities as a major threat in the red zone. Should he be a starter next season? "I hope I get an opportunity to make that happen," Aromashodu said. The Bears were late to give the receiver opportunities in 2009. I bet they don't make the same mistake next season.

  • Tim Shaw: This guy is a special teams animal. Five tackles and one forced fumble might be the greatest individual effort I've ever seen from a player on coverage teams. And to think Shaw was on the street when the Bears picked him up. A quality individual both on and off the field, I see no reason why Shaw can't be a staple here in Chicago for years to come.

  • Honorable mention: Devin Hester (three catches for 75 yards and a 44-yard kickoff return) and Matt Forte (101 yards rushing).