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Earning a respectable report card after being denied a playoff berth is a little like finding out you've aced the final exam but have flunked the course. Such is the case for the Bears.
To borrow a phrase from another road trip to the desert in the past, the Bears were who we thought they were in a 28-13 win over Arizona.
After rolling past the Arizona Cardinals, 28-13, on Sunday, the Bears need a victory over the Detroit Lions in their regular season finale at Ford Field, combined with a win by the rival Packers over the Vikings in at the Metrodome, to make the playoffs as a wild card.
Playoff hopes for the Bears have now dwindled to only a wild card following their 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday. The Bears no longer control their own fate. It's a collapse from 7-1 to now being 8-6 and outside of the playoff picture.
Is QB Jay Cutler's knee injury worse than the Bears are letting on? Hard to tell from what coach Lovie Smith had to say about it on Friday.
It's a huge NFC North Division game, as the Bears host the rival Packers.
The list of Bears players who would have been out with injuries on Wednesday was so long that the team decided to cancel practice.
The Chicago Bears' special teams have largely been free of the injury wave to hit the offense and defense in recent weeks -- until now.

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