The Eight Games That Will Determine the Bears’ Fate in 2013

June 12, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The standard line in the NFL—and sports in general—is that every game counts, but some are certainly more crucial than others.
The two most important areas to focus on for teams in the NFL are within their division and within their conference.
Winning divisional games is the easiest way to get into the playoffs. The Green Bay Packers have dominated the NFC North, going 11-1 over the last two years and 19-5 since 2009. 
You win your division and you're in the playoffs, but there are two other spots that teams have to keep their eyes on.
Had the Bears defeated Minnesota in Week 14, they would've made the playoffs. However, that loss wouldn't have mattered as much had they defeated Seattle a week earlier. That win would've given them a better record than Seattle and the tiebreaker due to their head-to-head matchup.  
Instead, it ended up being a painful loss. That turned into two when they didn't show up the next week in Minnesota. Although i...

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