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Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith didn't try to cast his team's 26-24 win over the Lions at Ford Field on Sunday as anything more than what it was -- a game that kept his team's slim playoff hopes alive. Those hopes died later in the afternoon when the Minnesota Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers 37-34 and knocked the Bears out.
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Detroit's 38-10 loss to the hapless Cardinals in Week 15 was an embarrassment to the franchise, and LB Stephen Tulloch said it best when he pointed out that Saturday's game is an opportunity for the team to prove to a nationally televised audience that the Lions are better than their record indicates.
 

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