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Bears stay alive by beating Lions, Giants are eliminated

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Chicago remains in contention for an NFC wild card berth, and the defending Super Bowl champion Giants have been eliminated, after the Bears beat the Lions 26-24 on Sunday in Detroit.

The Bears’ victory keeps them alive heading into this afternoon’s Packers-Vikings game, which the Bears now need the Packers to win. If Green Bay wins, the Bears are the NFC’s sixth seed. If Minnesota wins, the Vikings are the NFC’s sixth seed.

Sunday’s win wasn’t easy for Chicago: Although the Bears jumped out to an early 20-3 lead, the Lions came back in it and cut the deficit to 26-24 with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. However, the Lions’ offense went three-and-out when they got the ball back while down two in the fourth, then the Lions’ defense failed to stop the Bears from running out the clock.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who entered the game with an NFL-record 1,892 receiving yards this season, finished the game with 72 yards, meaning he fell short of 2,000 by 36. Johnson’s NFL record streak of eight consecutive 100-yard receiving games also comes to an end. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman did excellent work against Johnson in both of this season’s Bears-Lions games: Johnson averaged 53 yards in the Lions’ two games against the Bears, while averaging 133 yards a game in the Lions’ other 14 games.

For the Bears, today’s solid effort gives them a good chance of reaching the postseason, and also gives coach Lovie Smith a good chance of saving his job. For the Lions, a disappointing season has come to an end — a season when Johnson was fantastic, but there was little else to celebrate.

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55 Responses to “Bears stay alive by beating Lions, Giants are eliminated”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 30, 2012 4:07 PM

    Lions with 14 turnovers in 4 games against the Bears. 1-3…tisk tisk tisk.

  2. drgreenstreak says: Dec 30, 2012 4:07 PM

    Nighty-Night Eli.

    Take the fork Boley.

  3. lilrob10201 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:08 PM

    As an Eagles fan after getting blew out by the Giants it is nice to see them not making the playoffs.

  4. voiceofreason says: Dec 30, 2012 4:08 PM

    Tillman did excellent work holding/mugging Johnson, yes, he did. Almost as good as Patrick Peterson.

  5. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 30, 2012 4:08 PM

    The Lions are the most talented team in the league but poorly coached.

  6. savocabol1 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:08 PM

    Why do you say 6th and final playoff spot? Are you saying of the spots up for grabs? You make it sound like every other playoff spot is determined in the NFC, which is not the case. The sunday night game will determine that.

    Michael David Smith: The Sunday night game will determine the fourth seed. The Vikings and Bears are vying for the sixth seed.

  7. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 30, 2012 4:12 PM

    Is Lovie ever on the hot seat, 9 seasons ,,,17 games over 500% and a bunch of nothing really !

  8. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 30, 2012 4:13 PM

    savocabol1 says:
    Dec 30, 2012 4:08 PM
    Why do you say 6th and final playoff spot? Are you saying of the spots up for grabs? You make it sound like every other playoff spot is determined in the NFC, which is not the case. The sunday night game will determine that.
    _________________________

    Because there only 6 playoff spots. So it is the 6th and final playoff spot.

  9. harvupdyke says: Dec 30, 2012 4:14 PM

    The leos franchise has no business playing in the nfl. They indirectly caused the premature retirement of Barry sanders. Not to mention the 50 plus years of lousy play. If the league contracted & closed up shop in Detroit it wouldn’t be too soon.

    Roll dam tide.

  10. edhochuli says: Dec 30, 2012 4:14 PM

    Funny to see the two teams that scumbag Mara said “violated the spirit of the salary cap” are the two teams that are going to decide the East. Suck it Mara.

  11. warhammer420 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:15 PM

    Woohoo, go Lions! 5th pick in the draft! And if the Raiders win today, Lions will jump to the 4th pick!

  12. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 30, 2012 4:16 PM

    That Lions bandwagon just got a bit lighter…

    It was fun while it lasted Detroit…

    Briefly, but fun.

  13. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 30, 2012 4:16 PM

    To skins 23 *you got zilch,nadda nothin ! Don’t hold your breath unless you look good in blue !

  14. itsthemelman82 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:17 PM

    Charles “Peanut” Tillman aka Optimus Prime!

    Bears!!!

  15. isuhuskie says: Dec 30, 2012 4:18 PM

    3-5 down the stretch and two of the wins over the Lions and the Cardinals. Hardly impressive… The only thing this screws up is if the Bears back in to a spot, they can’t fire Lovie this week; which makes hiring the next coach a little tougher.

  16. skins23 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:19 PM

    Can’t spell Karma without M-A-R-A.

    Enjoy watching the 2 teams you cheated fight for the NFC East tonight while you pack up for the spring.

    Nice job on those end zone celebrations, though.

  17. bangithard says: Dec 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    The Dream Team, creamed their pants!

  18. otis52gsh says: Dec 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    GO PACK GO!!

  19. drexelvol says: Dec 30, 2012 4:21 PM

    Hahahahahahahaha! Ants are OOOOOUT!

  20. detroitrollin22 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:23 PM

    Fire Schwartz & Mayhew

  21. seahawksbmx says: Dec 30, 2012 4:23 PM

    NFC is wide open now. It will be the Packers or the team that knocks them out in the Super Bowl. Honestly, I viewed the Giants as the biggest threat and I’m relieved to see them eliminated.

  22. fuaholes says: Dec 30, 2012 4:24 PM

    Not this year Giant fans…haha.
    You bunch of obnoxious tool bags.

  23. purpblooded says: Dec 30, 2012 4:24 PM

    Skol Vikings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go AD!

  24. Rotten Ray says: Dec 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    I am a Bears fan but I wish the Vikings beat the Packers. Why? If Green Bay wins, the Bears will remain under the illusion that they are good. This illusion has been very noticeable after every game this season where they played and beat a poor team, Besides, not getting into the playoffs means Smith is one game close to getting booted, then … the Bears owners are fools.

  25. larryboodry says: Dec 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    A win is a win is…too damn close for comfort.

  26. cruzer1996 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    If the Raiders win, the Lions pick 4th. If not, they pick 5, where Manti Te’o is a perfect fit.

  27. chi01town says: Dec 30, 2012 4:27 PM

    I never wanna see the Bears lose a game but LIKE MARSHALL I CANT
    ROOT FOR GREENBAY…. GO VIKINGS.. GO

  28. dabearsk says: Dec 30, 2012 4:28 PM

    My bears won…but shoot will the offense ever put it all together…that oline is holding this team back…in the red zone and short yardage…they only gave up 2 sacks..but shoot they max protect…maybe the d can keep getting turnovers in the playoffs for the next 4 games…go bears!

  29. pacodawg says: Dec 30, 2012 4:32 PM

    When the bears get in look out.

  30. larryboodry says: Dec 30, 2012 4:32 PM

    To those Lions fans who were pinning their hopes on their team knocking the Bears out of the playoffs, while getting CJ to 2,000 yards…I can’t say I’m not thrilled to see y’all disappointed.

  31. larryboodry says: Dec 30, 2012 4:35 PM

    Credit where it’s due…Nice game by Stafford.

  32. blarry21 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:38 PM

    Made my day that the stupid Giants won’t make the playoffs. Can’t stand them or their stupid fans. Makes me smile how inconsistent they are. I’m sure they’ll all be calling for Coughlin’s head, like they do every other year.

  33. dudeicle says: Dec 30, 2012 4:43 PM

    see how many yards Johnson gets when there’s no garbage time?

  34. asublimeday says: Dec 30, 2012 4:43 PM

    I’m told the lions have a great WR? They have a guy who barely averaged 50 yards in two games against us this season. Can’t be him.

  35. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 30, 2012 4:43 PM

    Now that the GIANTS have been eliminated everybody left has a shot !

  36. dfinpds says: Dec 30, 2012 4:47 PM

    Bears…..Vikings……..what’s the difference? Either team is one and done in the playoffs.

  37. schmitty2 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:55 PM

    Rotten Ray says:Dec 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    I am a Bears fan but I wish the Vikings beat the Packers. Why? If Green Bay wins, the Bears will remain under the illusion that they are good. This illusion has been very noticeable after every game this season where they played and beat a poor team, Besides, not getting into the playoffs means Smith is one game close to getting booted, then … the Bears owners are fools.

    You’re a Bear’s fan? Really??

  38. omen316 says: Dec 30, 2012 5:17 PM

    Who ever wins the East will be one and done.

  39. baroneski29 says: Dec 30, 2012 5:19 PM

    The Giants will be back next year. Don’t worry. They will be in the running for another super bowl. Have to make some changes. They need an impact linebacker and another corner. Webster stinks. Let umenyiora walk, and let Ojomo get some playing time next year.

  40. shorttracknews says: Dec 30, 2012 5:25 PM

    If the Bears don’t make it and fire Lovie I’m all for it. If they keep him no matter what, then hell let’s go Pack and see what happens in the playoffs.

  41. staffordsyear says: Dec 30, 2012 5:38 PM

    Thank god this season is over.

  42. butkus54 says: Dec 30, 2012 5:42 PM

    With everything that’s happened this year it’s hard to take away any positives from this season … but one thing I’ll say is that there is no give up on this team.
    They played hard but could never seem to make the critical plays on either side of the ball when they needed to.
    This up coming draft is going to be critical. Mayhew is going to find some playmakers … guys that can make a difference in close games.

  43. larryboodry says: Dec 30, 2012 5:57 PM

    Vikes up 20-10 at the half…If they hold on, they totally deserve that final spot, since no one would have expected them to beat both Houston and GB these last two weeks…If that does indeed happen, I will root for them to go all the way, NFC North rivalry be damned.

  44. gcsuk says: Dec 30, 2012 5:59 PM

    Skins fans can start laughing as soon as RG3 hoists the Lombardi trophy. Until then, shut up. You only WISH you were as lucky as Giants fans. 2 titles in 5 years? Any fan would give up their grandma for that.

  45. howiehandles says: Dec 30, 2012 6:02 PM

    “The Lions are the most talented team in the league but poorly coached.”

    No they’re not. They feasted on a lousy schedule last year. They had to play a much tougher schedule due to their success last year. I’m not saying Schwartz is good or bad, although I’m sure you were loving him last season. I’m saying that they’re definitely not the most talented team in the year. I wouldn’t even put them in the top ten.

  46. sikologik says: Dec 30, 2012 6:26 PM

    Skins/Cowboys for the crown. How fitting after what Mara pulled on both franchises in the offseason? I bleed burgundy and my skin is gold but I don’t even care who wins tonight, just knowing that John Mara is sitting at home watching the two franchises he tried to screw over are the last two still standing. May the best team win! That won’t be the Giants.

  47. giants56 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:09 PM

    So Happy to see the Giants give Andy Reid and Vick the proper send off they deserved….That was some Dream Team! Let your decade of decline begin!

    Eli’s big brother will be hosting his 2nd Lombardi Trophy!

  48. iowahbr says: Dec 30, 2012 7:50 PM

    Strange post for a Bears fan of long standing. Thank you AD.

    Wherever Lovie lands next I hope he has leaned the meaning if a “must win” game (see 12/16/12 Bears vs. Green Bay). We can only thank the Vikings for bringing Bear fans the hope we can say good-bye without going through the agony of a 4/12 or a 2/14 season. Unfortunately you can’t put anything beyond the McCaskey family when it comes to money.

    PS: If this brings more Urlacher complaints on the issue please send Brian to K.C for one last year.

  49. larryboodry says: Dec 30, 2012 8:04 PM

    Well, at least the Bears season won’t end with a blowout loss in SF.

  50. denverdude7 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:07 PM

    Hey Cutler, how’s things working out for you in Chicago?

    Here comes yet another coaching shake up !!!!!!!

    Maybe if you weren’t such a sniveling, whining, snot-nosed brat you’d still be in Denver.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!

  51. brazzz01 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:35 PM

    Can’t spell ELIminated without ELI!

  52. larryboodry says: Dec 30, 2012 8:46 PM

    @denverdude7:

    That much bitterness can’t be good for you.

  53. justintuckrule says: Dec 31, 2012 12:02 AM

    When giants win, us fans revel in the win and don’t give a second thought to any loser team. When skins cowboys or any other once every ten year team win, their fans all focus on eliminating the giants. Talk about inferiority complex! Why not leave us out if it and enjoy your win? If history is any guide, you skins fans won’t see another until 2026.

  54. patriotinvasion says: Dec 31, 2012 2:32 AM

    As a Pats fan, I have no clue how we lost to this 9-7 jeckyl and hyde team in 2 Super Bowls. Congrats to them for winning both games, but they are no dynasty. Just a team with some talented dlinemen who caught fire in a bottle for 5 weeks twice in 5 seasons.

  55. patriotenvy says: Dec 31, 2012 2:35 PM

    The REAL giants team will set back and watch how the Patriots do it year in and year out again. We may never know how the giants went on that run last year, but it sure looks fishy to me!

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