The Green Bay Packers snapped Chicago’s three-game winning streak on Sunday with a 35-16 victory in Soldier Field, but the Bears won’t have long to lament their loss. For that, they can thank the Arizona Cardinals, whose 18-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams seals the Bears’ slot as the conference’s seventh seed.
Chicago’s playoff berth seemed unlikely one month ago. The Bears (8-7) lost six in a row culminating in a Dec. 6 loss to Detroit. Their offense coughed up 11 balls in that stretch, their defense notching just three takeaways. A late-season push and weak NFC East helped them qualify for the postseason at .500.
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