Chicago Bears and 4 Potential Playoff Contenders Who Unraveled in Week 12

Brian Dezelske@@BrianDezelskeCorrespondent IIINovember 28, 2011

Chicago Bears and 4 Potential Playoff Contenders Who Unraveled in Week 12

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    Week 12 of the NFL season was make-or-break for a handful of teams trying to position themselves into the playoff picture.

    What will happen with the Chicago Bears after their tough loss to the Oakland Raiders? Where are the San Diego Chargers after getting Tebowed?

    These answers and more as I dissect four teams who pretty much kissed their playoff hopes goodbye.

Chicago Bears

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    Losing Jay Cutler hurts, but losing 25-20 to the Oakland Raiders hurts even more.

    At 7-4 they are in a tie with the Detroit Lions for second place in the NFC North and in a tie with the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.

    The New York Giants can also reach 7-4 with a win tonight against the New Orleans Saints on "Monday Night Football," dropping the Saints to 7-4 as well.

    That is just too much to overcome for an inexperienced Caleb Hanie to lead this team back to the playoffs.

San Diego Chargers

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    Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers just lost their sixth game in a row, dropping their record to 4-7 and pretty much hammered the final nail into their coffin for this season.

    Even if they ripped off wins in their last five games, there’s really no way to catch the Oakland Raiders who have games against the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, which should be wins.

Buffalo Bills

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    Stevie Johnson was wide open and dropped a ball that hit him right in the hands, sealing the fate of the Buffalo Bills in 2011 with a 28-24 loss to Rex Ryan and the New York Jets.

    At 5-6, there’s no way they catch the likes of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh with only five games left on schedule—especially without Fred Jackson for the rest of the season.

New York Jets

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    Even with their 28-24 come-from-behind win against the Buffalo Bills, at 6-5 the New York Jets are too far behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.

    Neither one of those teams are showing any signs of slowing down right now and are the front-runners for the Wild Card spots in the AFC.

    They also have to find a way to get past the Denver Broncos who have the same record and hold the tie breaker over them with a win when Tim Tebow engineered a 95-yard game-winning drive on Thursday Night Football.

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