Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/28/12
The Chicago Bears (9-6) season has come down to this one game versus the Detroit Lions (4-11).  For both of these team what started out as a season full of promise and excitement has ended in disappointment.  Coming off their first playoff appearance since 1999 the Lions took a huge step back in 2012.  The Lions seemed poised to continue the growth they have made, instead inconsistency and undisciplined play reverted the Lions back to.....well the Lions.  The Chicago Bears entered the 2012 season with hopes of a division title and a possible Superbowl run.  Those dreams have been dashed for the most part thanks to injuries and an offense that simply could not put points on the board.  When this game is over one thing is for sure, the Lions will be done until late Summer 2013.  If the Bears win this game all eyes in Chicago will be on the Packers-Vikings game to see if the Packers can come away with a victory giving the Bears berth in the 2012 playoffs.Calvin Johnson will not cross 2,000 yards for the seasonCalvin Johnson has had a tremendous season only needing 108 yards to reach 2,000 yards receiving.  Johnson has already become the single season receiving yards leader breaking Jerry Rice's record.  However, most of Johnson's yards have come in garbage time when the Lions are already out of a game.  The Bears defense has been strong all year particularly against the pass.  With both of the Bears cornerbacks (Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman) going to the pro bowl Johnson will have a rough go of it Sunday afternoon.  Charles Tillman was named the NFC defensive player of the week for his efforts back in week holding "Megatron" to a mere 3 catches for 34 yards in the Bears victory.  While Tillman may not be able to hold Johnson to that low of a game, it will be difficult for Johnson to break the Record against a very stout Bears D.The Bears offense will have a strong outingThe 2012 Bears season has been very disappointing from an offensive output point of view.  Many thought that the Bears offense had the potential to be one of the best in the league coming into this season.  Inconsistent offensive line play, getting nothing out of the tight end position, and injuries to all receivers except Brandon Marshall caused the Bears offense to disappoint.  Many coaches and players will be looking to keep their jobs or be auditioning for jobs with other teams on Sunday afternoon.  The Lions secondary is a definite weakness and could allow Jay Cutler to find receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery early and often on their way to a big day.  Combine this with the fact that the Bears still have a shot at making the playoffs as a wildcard will have the Bears ready to roll.The Bears win and score an NFC Wildcard spotDespite the fact that the Bears have really slumped during the second half of the season they still can amazingly land a wildcard spot.  While it does not appear that the Bears will fare very well if they do in fact make the playoffs, most fans in Chicago will still be thrilled that the Bears even made the playoffs.  But to get there first the Bears have to take care of their business in Detroit Sunday afternoon.  Although the Bears will have to sit and wait to see if their arch rival Green Bay Packers can beat the Vikings before they know if they have made it in or not.  The Packers should beat the Vikings and send the Bears to the playoffs, where as the Giants showed us all last year all you have to do is get in and anything can happen....
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