With Minnesota’s 35-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, the magic number for the Vikings to win the division is now down to one. Meaning, one Vikings victory or one Bears loss in the final two weeks sends Minnesota to the playoffs representing the NFC North.
With Atlanta’s victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Falcons advance to 9-5, one game ahead of the Bears according to record, however, a virtual two-game lead due to Atlanta’s victory over Chicago in Week 6.
Since Minnesota plays Atlanta next week, we’ll know whether the Bears will be playing for the division title or the wild card before they face Green Bay Monday night. In either situation, Atlanta or Minnesota needs to lose out and the Bears have to win out to have a shot at the postseason.
Both Philadelphia and Dallas have yet to play as of this post — the Cowboys play the Giants Sunday night and the Eagles face the Browns Monday night — and both are still alive for the wild card, further darkening the Bears’ playoff hopes.