The Chicago Bears are officially in control of their playoff fortunes to help the San Francisco 49ers, who lost 20–12 to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.
There are several playoff scenarios where BFCs can lock up that seventh seed in the NFC playoffs, most of them involving the Cardinals sliding in the final weeks.
With the loss to Arizona on Saturday, Chicago has the opportunity to take control of that seventh place with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Someone who was happy to see the Bears’ playoff hopes was the 49ers tight end with George Kightle, who grew up as a Bears fan in Chicago.
“I grew up a Byers fan, and the fact that we helped the Beers a little just makes me a little happier.”
Quittal also added a “da bear” before wrapping up the question.
With the Cardinals falling to 8-7, the berth playoff chances increased to 71% according to Fiveite. If Chicago beats Jacksonville on Sunday, they go up by 84%.
But Chicago needs to take care of the trade in the last two weeks, where they will face the Jaguars and Green Bay Packers.
There is still a scenario where the Bears can secure a playoff berth with only one win in their final two matches. They will need the Cardinals to lose their Week 17 game against division rivals, the Los Angeles Rams, another team fighting for the playoffs.