Bear Market: What’s rising and falling in Week 17

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BY PATRICK FINLEY / pfinley@suntimes.com

RISING

Eben Britton: The Bears’ swing tackle took the injured Jordan Mills’ place after the first drive and was part of a unit that allowed only one sack and sprung Matt Forte for 110 yards.

Matt Forte: With 157 yards from scrimmage, Forte finished with a career-high 1,933 this season, fifth-most in Bears history and the most by anyone not named Walter Payton.

Alshon Jeffery: He had 80 yards on only three catches and finished the season with 1,421 yards — second-most in franchise history behind Brandon Marshall’s 1,508 last year — on 89 catches.

FALLING

Common sense: Really? No one bothered to pick up a fumble when the whistle wasn’t blown? Really?

Officiating: We’re not one to complain about calls, but Shea McClellin’s second-quarter unnecessary-roughness flag wasn’t much of one at all, and it likely cost the Bears three points.

Devin Hester: He fumbled again, but, unlike in Philadelphia, the Bears recovered it.

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