Sometimes there's no playoff run, nothing guaranteed no matter how many regular-season wins, individual accolades or confidence-building point spreads. Sometimes it's just over after all of it, a bitter pill earned by not being good enough that day.
A 12-4 record and a slew of All-Pros and Pro Bowlers didn't end up meaning much for the Bears, not after the defending champion Eagles came in and snuffed out all the hope and fun and instead ignited an explosion of blame and recrimination. This will get ugly before the wounds heal.
We won't know how injured Mitchell Trubisky was when he came up limping after a scramble in the first quarter, how any athletic limitations kept him from playing at the peak of his abilities. He still ended up close to brilliant when it looked like it mattered, until it just didn't.
That Parkey had nailed his three earlier field goals only made it worse, too, as we considered the possibility that some kind of redemption narrative was building. He even drilled the first attempt in the waning seconds that was nullified by a prescient Doug Pedersen timeout, one that will be remembered as a particularly successful icing.
The 2018 Bears are indeed cold and done, their season ending in a way that will echo for a very long time.