We’re less than 48 hours removed from the Bears’ 16-15 NFC Wild Card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and I still wonder how the season ended so abruptly.
The Bears were in a unique position entering Sunday’s game with the Minnesota Vikings. They had the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs wrapped up, with an outside shot at the No. 2 hanging in the balance. To get that coveted first-round bye, the Bears needed help from the woeful 49ers, who needed to beat the Rams in Los Angeles.
Our ears were hearing it, but our minds were struggling to comprehend.
How good are the Chicago Bears?
Mama said there'll be days like this, there'll be days like this, mama said.
The dust has mostly settled after a Thanksgiving weekend slate of games. The turkey-induced food coma has worn off and we have awoken to a much clearer vision of the developing playoff picture. We are getting a better idea of who the Bears are and where they could be headed.
The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings, 25-20, in a Sunday night showdown between NFC North foes. The victory was the Bears’ seventh of the season and it further strengthened their grasp on the division race.
To win divisions in the NFL, and playoff berths by extension, a team must win its divisional matchups. The Chicago Bears took one step closer to achieving those goals with a 34-22 victory over the Detroit Lions, snapping a 10-game division losing streak.
Sunday’s game in Orchard Park, New York was less a competition than it was a business trip for the Bears. The game had the feel of an organized scrimmage. The Bears were destined to leave New York as victors as long as they took care of business.
Sometimes football teams need a lightweight on their schedule to push around. A team that isn’t really going to beat them but will give them an opportunity to make things right, to cure what ails them. A sparring partner, if you will.