Everything out of the Bears' hands that could have gone wrong, did go wrong last weekend.
The pendulum swung the other way for them this weekend as every outcome they needed for help in their bid for a third postseason appearance in four years happened.
But ex-Bears wide receiver Bobby Wade doesn't think the Bears are going to do their part now that their turn is coming Monday night against Green Bay at Soldier Field. More on that in a minute.
Minnesota's 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons took one of the wild-card spots out of play, but it kept the Bears very much alive in the race for the NFC North. Quite simply, the Bears (8-6) must beat Green Bay Monday night and win at Houston next Sunday, and have the Vikings (9-6) fall at the Metrodome to the New York Giants. It looks more and more like that game is going to have meaning for New York in the sense that they need to come out and play a good game to build some momentum entering the postseason. The Giants, who have lost two in a row, are trailing Carolina 21-13 at halftime right now.
"We need the Bears to blow it,'' Wade told reporters in Minneapolis with a laugh. ``Where are they playing, at home? Great. They'll definitely blow it.''
The Bears can still sneak in via the wild card but that scenario is going to require some substantial help and when you're counting on the Oakland Raiders to fly across the country and face Tampa Bay, who has a head coach in Jon Gruden who despises the Silver & Black, well, those are long odds. But here is what the Bears need to get that second wild-card spot:
1. Bears beat Green Bay Monday and then win at Houston Sunday.
2. Oakland defeats or ties the Buccaneers at Tampa.
3. Philadelphia defeats or ties Dallas at Lincoln Financial Field.