The Bears' 24/17 defeat of the NFC North title on Sunday enabled them to host their first playoff game. In the last two weeks of the regular season, however, much remains to be determined.
Among the winners of the NFC division (or, in the case of Dallas, the leaders), the Bears (10-4) are currently number three behind the Saints (12-2) and Rams (11-3) and ahead of the Cowboys (8-6). The two wildcard teams are currently the Seahawks (8-6) and Vikings (7-6-1).
The first two seeds receive a first round, while the third seed hosts the sixth seed and the fourth seed the fifth seed. When the season came to an end today, the Saints and Rams parted, while the Vikings and Cowboys host the Seahawks.
The bears can still earn a round in the first round. In fact, in the NFC playoffs they can still reach seed # 1
To capture the saints, the Bears would have to win their last two games in San Francisco and Detroit. New Orleans lost its last two home bouts against the Steelers and Panthers. In this scenario, the Bears and Saints would both finish 12-4, but the Bears would win the tiebreaker for a better conference record.
To catch the Rams, the Bears would need to win a Los Angeles game over Los Angeles last two weeks. If the bears went 2-0, the Rams would lose a game. If the bears went 1-1, the Rams would have to go 0-2. Los Angeles will visit the cardinals and host the 49ers. The Bears would win the tiebreaker on their last 15-6 victory over the Rams at Soldier Field.
The Bears have two games ahead of the # 3 Cowboys. The only way Dallas can replace the Bears at this point is when the Cowboys hit the Buccaneers at home and the Giants on the street the bears lose their two remaining games. In this scenario, Dallas would win the tiebreaker based on a better conference record.
Since reorienting the NFL into eight squads in 2002, the Bears have won NFC North and made the playoffs three times in the first round. They were No. 2 in 2005 when they lost to the Panthers in the division round and again in 2010 when they fell against the Packers in the NFC title game. They were No. 1 in 2006 when they won the NFC Championship and became the Super Bowl XLI.
Apart from the Super Bowl, the Bears have played their last six playoff games at Soldier Field, compiling a 3-3 record. They lost to the Eagles in 2001, lost to the Panthers in 2005, beat the Seahawks and Saints and the Seahawks in 2006 before being lost to the Packers in 2010.