The Minnesota Vikings weren't given much of a chance, but they endured an unprecedented delay and upset the heavily favored Philadelphia Eagles 24-14 Tuesday night.
That means the Bears will be at least the No. 2 seed, and they still have a shot at the No. 1 seed. To get the latter, though, the Bears need the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat the New Orleans Saints and -- more improbably -- the Carolina Panthers to beat the Falcons in Atlanta.
Both games are set to kickoff at noon, local time, while the Bears game was flexed to 3 p.m. That means the Bears will know what's at stake.
But I still don't expect Bears coach Lovie Smith to rest his players Sunday, either way. They can knock the dangerous Green Bay Packers out of the playoffs, ensuring the NFC North rival can't beat them down the road.
The New York Giants certainly are rooting for the Bears; if the Packers win, the Giants are out. The Giants can only get in by winning their finale against the Washington Redskins then having the Packers lose to the Bears.
Another thought: the Vikings might have a player in Joe Webb. The rookie played with composure, he didn't force much, and he also made some plays with his feet, including a touchdown run.
He finished 17 of 26 for 195 yards with no interceptions.
He also ran for 31 yards.