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.