The Bears downplayed all the scenarios after their game, especially since the Green Bay Packers game had just gotten underway.
But after the Packers demolished the New York Giants 45-17, the Bears may have to seriously think about how they are going to prepare for Sunday's game, which will probably be flexed.
The easiest route is for the Minnesota Vikings to upset the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night. Then, the Bears are assured of at least the No. 2 seed, which comes with a first-round bye.
That raises an interesting question: how hard do the Bears try to win next Sunday at Lambeau Field, if it doesn't mean anything to them, except to spoil the Packers push for a playoff spot? The Packers, after all, just need a win to get in.
Do the Bears take the preseason approach, and field key players for just a half? Or, do they try to win the game, for the sake of beating a division opponent?
But if the Eagles beat the Vikings and lose to the Dallas Cowboys, then the Bears finale would be rendered meaningless to them. That's because the loser of the NFC South -- the Atlanta Falcons or the New Orleans Saints -- would fall all the way to the fifth spot.
But if the Eagles win out, then Sunday's game between the Packers and Bears is one of the most fascinating, which is why NBC would likely move the game from a noon kickoff to the evening. Bears win, and they get the No. 2 seed. Packers win, and they get into the playoffs.
And depending on how things shake out, there's a strong possibility that the Bears -- if they wind up as the third-seed -- would turn around and host the Packers at Soldier Field in the NFC Wildcard round.