Five weeks ago, the 7-1 Chicago Bears looked to be destined for the NFC North title and a first round bye in the playoffs.
Now, after a 1-4 stretch, playing past Week 17 is no longer a guarantee for the league's fastest falling team. The Bears currently sit in the No. 6 spot, just one game ahead of the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys (Bears own tiebreaker) and Washington Redskins.
A loss next week to the Green Bay Packers would lock up the division title for the Bears' division rivals, while giving the other Wild Card contenders a chance to inch even closer.
Injuries and lackluster play in all aspects of the game have been crippling the last two weeks. Lovie Smith will need to get things fixed quickly in order to salvage the season.
If the Bears are to make the postseason, here are their potential first-round matchups.