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Why it matters: A lot has to happen for this game to affect the Seahawks in the short term, but the potential is there for the Chicago Bears to visit Seattle in the first round of the playoffs. If Seattle beats St. Louis, Green Bay defeats Minnesota, New York falls to Philadelphia and San Francisco loses to Arizona, then the Seahawks would face the Bears at CenturyLink next weekend. If the Seahawks get the fifth seed, then whoever gets the sixth seed will determine who Seattle fans will be rooting for to make it to the NFC Championship game.
Another reason to watch: If the Bears don’t make the playoffs, it would be a spectacular implosion by what looked like a team destined to make the playoffs at 7-1. They’ve since gone 2-6, including the loss at home to the Seahawks. Calvin Johnson will have an opportunity to add to his 1,892 receiving yards and push the record mark over 2,000 yards.
Prediction: The Detroit Lions haven’t won a game since they played the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9 and were the team that allowed the Cardinals to snap their losing streak. The Lions have had some tough breaks this year and have been in several close games, so it’s fair to expect it to continue. Chicago wins by a field goal, 20-17.