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The playoffs have started in Chicago

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03:50 PM ET 12.18 | The Chicago Bears are now on the outside of the playoff picture after having lost five of their last six games to fall to 8-6. Rather than focusing on Sunday's loss to the Packers, Bears coach Lovie Smith is looking at next week and knows the Bears can't afford to lose any more games. "This week we are to that must game. The tournament has begun for us," Smith said on Monday. Smith went on to say that he hasn't gone over every possible scenario and that Chicago is just focused on finishing 10-6, which means wins in their final two games over the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions.

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December 18, 2012  04:06 PM ET

Cards and Lions. Doable. Looks like the Bears may have a shot at losing a wildcard game after all.

December 18, 2012  04:06 PM ET

Big deal. The playoffs have also started for the Redskins, the Giants, the Cowboys, and the Vikings, who are also at 8-6. Given the remaining schedule for these other teams involved the Bears could still easily slide in at 9-7

December 18, 2012  05:04 PM ET

Cards and Lions. Man if they can't beat these two teams they don't deserve to be in the playoffs.

December 18, 2012  05:51 PM ET
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Cards and Lions. Man if they can't beat these two teams they don't deserve to be in the playoffs.

They don't and my condolenses to your poor Lions fan heart !

December 18, 2012  06:43 PM ET
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They don't and my condolenses to your poor Lions fan heart !

Well, gee, thanks. As long as a Ford owns the Lions, they're gonna be an Edsel.

December 18, 2012  08:06 PM ET
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Big deal. The playoffs have also started for the Redskins, the Giants, the Cowboys, and the Vikings, who are also at 8-6. Given the remaining schedule for these other teams involved the Bears could still easily slide in at 9-7

I wish they could, but the other teams with similar records are improving their play, and the Bears are sliding in the opposite direction. That 7-1 start sure seems like it was along time ago.

December 18, 2012  09:12 PM ET
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I wish they could, but the other teams with similar records are improving their play, and the Bears are sliding in the opposite direction. That 7-1 start sure seems like it was along time ago.

Everyone knew it would catch up with them as the season progressed. Of course now they are giving away the close ones like they did against Seattle & the Vikings. The defense can't do it all. They are just a team that cannot score points, and they are just trying to limp into the playoffs to salvage something for their season. I can't see one playoff team they are capable of beating. Sucks when capturing the 6th seed is your only moral victory.

 
December 18, 2012  11:05 PM ET

Yup, wait till the last two games of the season to wake up and try to play it

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