The Bears officially secured the No. 3 seed in the playoffs with their 14-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers. All four divisions in the NFC are clinched with the Dallas Cowboys locked in to the fourth seed.
But Chicago will still have something to fight for in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings.
If the Bears win and the Los Angles Rams lose, both teams will finish the season 12-4. Because Chicago won their Week 14 matchup in prime time, the Bears have the tiebreaker and would take the two seed and a first round bye.
Mitchell Trubisky and company could also potentially knock the Vikings out of the postseason with a win.
The problem is, the Rams host the 49ers next week, not exactly the toughest challenge to end the season.
San Francisco held on in the fourth quarter to give the Bears trouble, but Los Angeles seemed to get back on track this week with a win over the Arizona Cardinals, and that was without star running back Todd Gurley.
Bears fans that so viciously hated the 49ers after the two teams fought on the sideline may quickly forgive and root for San Francisco next Sunday as they hold the keys for a first round bye in Chicago.