It is hard to believe that when the Chicago Bears lost six straight games, they were also in discussions to include the playoffs. Now, the Bears are in control of their fate in the final two matches.
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20–12, beating the Cardinals 8-7. This means the Bears can lock up the seventh seed against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers with two wins to close the season.
According to Finnish, the loss to Arizona increased the Bears’ playoff odds by 71%. If Chicago beats Jacksonville on Sunday, they go up by 84%.
The San Francisco 49ers have defeated the Arizona Cardinals, and the Chicago Bears now control their own playoff fortunes. Win outside, and they’re in
– Alyssa Barbieri (@AlisaBarbieri) 27 December 2020
Believe it or not, there is still a scenario where the Bears can get that seventh seed by winning only one of their last two matches. If Arizona loses to the Rams of Los Angeles in Week 17, Chicago will only need to win one more game to make the postseason, as the Bears own the tiebreaker over the Cardinals.
While the 49ers gave the Bears a late Christmas gift – despite former Bears kicker Robbie Gould missing two field goals and an extra point – Chicago still needs to be traded.
He starts on Sunday against the Jaguars, where the Bears will try to win their third straight game after losing 5 straight games starting 5-1. The Chicago offense will have to score 30 points for the fourth straight game, which is likely to be against a Jaguars team that has lost 13 straight games.
Strap in, bear fans. The thing just got interesting.