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Chicago Bears

Bears win, still alive in playoff hunt

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) gains yards as Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Paris Lenon pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) gains yards as Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Paris Lenon pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

The Bears did their part on Sunday, beating Arizona 28-13.

They also got a little help. Which means that in Week 17, the Bears (9-6) will need to win at Detroit (4-11) and have Green Bay (11-4) beat Minnesota (9-6) to earn the NFC's final wild card spot. The final wild card will open at either San Francisco or Green Bay.

In Sunday's win, the Bears again got a lot of help from their defense. Zack Bowman scored on a 1-yard fumble return and Charles Tillman scored on a 10-yard interception as the Bears went to 6-0 in games when their defense has scored.

Matt Forte ran for a touchdown before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Brandon Marshall also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass.

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