CHICAGO -- Stop me if you've heard this one before.
The Chicago Bears come out flat, fall behind early. Commit a bunch of penalties. Rally. Have a legitimate chance to win the game or send it to overtime. Stumble in the final minutes. Come up short on one of two important plays. And ultimately lose in crushing fashion.
That's straight out of the playbook of the 2015 Bears.
"I mean, we're right there. There have been some times where we've made the play and other times we are not making the play. Defensively and offensively, I think we could have started better. There are a few plays that I definitely would have liked to get back, just like all of those guys in the locker room."
Good teams find ways to win. Lately, Chicago is finding creative ways to lose.
The Bears are 5-5 since beginning the year 0-3, but those losses have been heartbreaking. In their five most recent defeats (Detroit, Minnesota, Denver, San Francisco and Washington), the Bears have lost by a combined 17 points. Four of the games have been decided by a field goal or less.
"I feel like we've had so many of these," Cutler said. "In the games we win, we figure out a way. In the games we don't, we don't figure out a way. So it's a tough feeling. We haven't been very good at home. We've lost some tight games -- three points or less, overtime. These have been some pretty tough games to swallow at this point."
As the focus slowly turns the next year, the Bears better figure out how to win at home.
John Fox's team is 1-6 at Soldier Field. Marc Trestman went 2-6 at home in 2014.
The last time the Bears reached the postseason (2010), Lovie Smith's team finished 5-3 along the lakefront. In 2006, the Bears went 6-2 at Soldier Field. In 2005, Chicago posted a 7-1 home record.
"It's super frustrating," Bears tailback Matt Forte said. "Two weeks in a row ... and two losses to teams who haven't won an away game all season. You're supposed to be the most comfortable at home and win in front of your fans. We haven't gotten it done."