With the exception of the Los Angeles Rams' victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, everything the Chicago Bears needed to happen to help keep their playoff hopes alive in Week 13 happened.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers lost in shocking upsets to the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, and on Monday night, another step toward a post-season berth was taken with the Minnesota Vikings' 37-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The defeat drops the Vikings to 8-4 and just 1.5 games ahead of the Bears for the final NFC wild card. Chicago travels to Minnesota in Week 17's season finale in a game that could ultimately decide who qualifies for the tournament.
Despite all the positives from Week 13, Chicago is still a longshot to make the playoffs, and that's putting it lightly. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Bears moved from a 2% chance for a post-season berth to just 3%. In other words, there's still a mountain of obstacles to overcome for Chicago to have a football game in January.
Taking a half-glass-full approach, the Bears still have meaningful football to play in December starting with Week 14's Thursday night game against the Cowboys (6-6), who are also fighting for their playoff lives. It'll be a post-season atmosphere at Soldier Field in prime time.
Get your popcorn ready.
Sometimes the best way to get yourself through a tough time is to laugh it off. They say laughter is the best medicine after all.
So when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs reportedly agreed to a record-breaking contract extension, it's no surprise that many people took to Twitter to clown the Bears.
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After all of that, this may be how all Bears fans feel on Twitter:
Ok, now that we’re through with the put downs, how about a little highlight to help the healing:
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Pat Mahomes officially woke up on Tuesday as the highest paid athlete in pro sports history.
It's especially impressive to think about considering that Mahomes didn't even start a full season until 2018. In just two years since he's been able to win a Super Bowl, league MVP, and secure close to $500 million. How did this all happen so quickly? Mahomes' agent Leigh Steinberg – who presumably set his own field's commission record on Monday, too – sat down with the Under Center Podcast back during Super Bowl media week to talk about it:
I think so much of it was growing up with a baseball player as a father, and watching the nature of ephemeral fame and how it comes and goes. It's all about being grounded, and in this moment, and not thinking about anything except focusing on this. But also having some fun with it. We're here on Radio Row, and happens is that you have so much coverage of the Super Bowl, that if a player performs dramaticlly, they cross over out of the narrow genre of hardcore sports fans. They become an American icon.
Steinberg also (briefly) discusses Mahomes' contract negotiations and how much the Chiefs' QB benefited from sitting behind Alex Smith for a year in 2017. You can listen to the entire conversation with Laurence Holmes right here, or in the embedded player below: