The Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers lost in shocking upsets to the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, and on Monday night, another step toward a post-season berth was taken with the Minnesota Vikings' 37-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The defeat drops the Vikings to 8-4 and just 1.5 games ahead of the Bears for the final NFC wild card. Chicago travels to Minnesota in Week 17's season finale in a game that could ultimately decide who qualifies for the tournament.
Despite all the positives from Week 13, Chicago is still a longshot to make the playoffs, and that's putting it lightly. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Bears moved from a 2% chance for a post-season berth to just 3%. In other words, there's still a mountain of obstacles to overcome for Chicago to have a football game in January.
Taking a half-glass-full approach, the Bears still have meaningful football to play in December starting with Week 14's Thursday night game against the Cowboys (6-6), who are also fighting for their playoff lives. It'll be a post-season atmosphere at Soldier Field in prime time.
Get your popcorn ready.
Bears' 2019 playoff chances improve with Vikings' loss to Seahawks originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago