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.

55 responses to “Bears stay alive by beating Lions, Giants are eliminated

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. That Lions bandwagon just got a bit lighter…

    It was fun while it lasted Detroit…

    Briefly, but fun.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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??

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. “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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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 !!!!!!!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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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