And, in all likelihood, they'll need help from some of the teams competing with them for one of the two wild-card spots.
But what exactly needs to happen?
I'll attempt to make a rather complicated set of scenarios as simple as possible.
If the Bears win their final two games and finish 10-6, they'll be in relatively good shape. Here is the help they would then need:
— A Giants loss and two Seattle Seahawks losses.
— A Vikings loss and two Seattle Seahawks losses
— Two Seahawks losses and neither the Washington Redskins nor the Dallas Cowboys to win out.
Chicago could actually get in with a record of 9-7, but they'd need an abundance of help.
(Scenarios courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.)