Chicago Bears

Bears miss playoffs

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is congratulated by teammate tackle Gabe Carimi after his 1-yard touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday.
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is congratulated by teammate tackle Gabe Carimi after his 1-yard touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday.

The Bears needed a win and then help from the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

The Bears did their part, though it wasn't pretty, beating Detroit 26-24. But the Minnesota Vikings beat Green Bay, 37-34, to claim the final NFC wild card spot. The Bears finish the season at 10-6.

The Bears scored on a 60-yard Earl Bennett touchdown catch and a 1-yard Matt Forte touchdown run in the first half. Olindo Mare has four field goals.

The Bears' win eliminated the N.Y. GIants (9-7) from playoff contention.

With the win, the Vikings (10-6) will travel to play the Packers (11-5) Saturday or Sunday next week.


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