While a second-half collapse has put their postseason hopes in doubt, the Chicago Bears managed to stay alive with a big win last weekend.
Now, another victory coupled with some help from their archrival would allow them to sneak in.
Visiting Chicago first tries to get past Calvin Johnson and the slumping Detroit Lions on Sunday before turning its attention to a late-afternoon showdown between the NFC North’s other two teams.
The Bears (9-6) surely had their sights set on the division crown after opening 7-1 but they’d gladly settle for one of the conference’s two wild-card spots.
Chicago heads into the final week of the regular season on the outside of the playoff picture but could still get in with a victory at Ford Field and a Green Bay win at Minnesota later in the day.
“This time of year, you want to be in it, you want to be relevant, and we are,” coach Lovie Smith said. “We have a chance, and that’s all you can hope for. It’s not an ideal situation that we’re in. But hopefully we can take care of business and do all that we can do. And from there, after we’ve gotten ourselves in this position, that’s about all we can hope for.”
Chicago, which has won just two of its last seven after last Sunday’s 28-13 victory at Arizona, appears to have another favorable matchup against a Detroit team that’s given up an average of 31.9 points during a seven-game losing streak. The Bears have taken eight of nine in this series, including a 13-7 win Oct. 22.