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A first-round bye would leave Asante Samuel smiling...
At this time, Chicago is locked in at the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a 7-2 record.
Like San Francisco, the Bears have earned high praise throughout the season for their stifling, non-stop scoring, top-ranked defense.
And like San Francisco, the Bears are heavily dependent on their running game (ninth-ranked), which has proven to be a lot more effective than their passing attack (third-worst in the league).
The problem is, both of these teams are set to face off next Monday night.
That, and the fact that Chicago lost its starting quarterback to a concussion last weekend is pretty concerning for a team whose backup is Jason Campbell.
If the Bears find a way to win Sunday and move to 8-2 they may have a good chance at eventually swapping seeds with the Falcons. But, even then, remaining games against the Vikings twice, Seahawks and Packers could easily keep that from happening.