If you didn't know better, Monday's locker room session had the feeling like the Bears had lost Sunday.
They didn't on the field, but they were losers in the playoff race as just about every outcome they were seeking went the other way.
Tight end Desmond Clark sat down to watch the Minnesota-Arizona game and clicked it off before the first quarter was over with the Vikings ahead 21-0.
"No need to watch it anymore,'' Clark said. ``You could tell where it was going. Yeah, it was a little disappointing but we still have to do what we have to do."
The Bears have not been eliminated from the postseason race but they need to win out and have Minnesota lose at home to Atlanta and the New York Giants, or have a complicated series of unlikely outcomes happen in other games for a wild-card berth.
"There is some hope but we need a lot of help, to say the least," Clark said. "But it is still out there. We're not going to quit playing until we get down there in Houston Dec. 28 and the clock reads three zeroes."
The Bears just held meetings and will return to the practice field Tuesday in preparation for a Green Bay team that, from the outside, appears to be coming apart at the seams. The Packers had a series of mini-meltdowns in their loss at Green Bay that officially eliminated them from the playoff race.