CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears smiles after returning a punt 89 years for a touchdown in the 4th quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on October 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Devin Hester
Of all the contrived math that was supposed to earn the Bears a playoff bye, this wasn't supposed to happen.
But a season of dumb luck continued to go the Bears' way Tuesday with no less than a division rival helping out the cause in the form of the Minnesota Vikings upsetting the Philadelphia Eagles 24-14.
The Vikings win guarantees Chicago a first-round bye in the playoffs, with a respectable shot at getting a No. 1 seed.
On Sunday, if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New Orleans Saints or if the Carolina Panthers beat the Falcons, the Bears get the No. 1 seed, which means guaranteed home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Which also means that the Bears could know their fate by the time they play the Green Bay Packers in the late afternoon game, although they can knock their arch-rivals out of the playoffs with a win.
Sounds like enough motivation to us.