Bears clinch division

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 21, 2010 – 9:51 am

Chicago’s 40-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night clinched the NFC North Division title for the Bears. They are now 10-4, and even if they lose their last two games, including in Week 17 to the Packers, to finish tied with Green Bay at 10-6, the Bears would win the division by virtue of a better division record. The Packers’ loss to the Lions two weeks ago gave Green Bay two division losses, one reason it was such a costly defeat.

So the Packers are playing strictly for an NFC Wild Card spot now, and they can get one if they win their final two games, against the Giants and the Bears, both at home. The Giants also remain in the wild-card hunt. Whether or not the Bears will have anything playoff-wise at stake in the Week 17 matchup at Lambeau Field will depend on this week’s results. At this point, Chicago remains in the running for the NFC’s No. 2 seed, which would give the Bears a first-round bye.

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