The Bears clinched at least the No. 3 seed in the NFC Playoffs, Lauri Markkanen had a big weekend for the Bulls and the Blackhawks' winning streak ended at three games. Here's what you may have missed from Chicago sports over the weekend:
The Bears were tested by the relentless 49ers, though the former still came out of San Francisco with a 14-9 victory. With the win, the Bears still have a chance at a first round bye in the playoffs, though they need a win and a Rams loss in Week 17 for it to happen.
Sunday's game did not end without controversy, however. A fight broke out on the Bears' sideline following a late hit by the 49ers on Mitchell Trubisky. Twitter naturally had something to say afterward.
Despite being ejected for his actions in the fight, the Bears view Josh Bellamy as the "perfect fit" for a championship culture.
While Eddie Jackson and Aaron Lynch missed Sunday's game with injuries, Kyle Long returned to practice and is getting closer to re-joining the Bears following his own injury.
Outside of Chicago, Christian McCaffrey broke Matt Forte's single-season record for receptions by a running back. Forte had an instant-reaction to the news.
Lauri Markkanen had a huge weekend for the Bulls, posting consecutive 30-point games for the first time in his career. Markkanen's performance Friday led coach Jim Boylen to call him "special."
Two of Markkanen's points Friday came on a nasty poster slam dunk over Magic center Nikola Vucevic. The dunk is a must-watch play.
Unfortunately, the injury bug bit the Bulls again, a common sight this season. Forward Bobby Portis sprained his right ankle, though he is upbeat after his second major injury of the season.
With Zach LaVine out, Kris Dunn has been taking command of the offense, averaging 18.0 points in the four games LaVine has missed.
With wins over the Stars on Thursday and the Avalanche on Friday, the Blackhawks extended their longest winning-streak under head coach Jeremy Colliton to three games. Collin Delia performed admirably for the Blackhawks in place of the injured Corey Crawford, stopping 35-of-36 Avalanche shots.
The Blackhawks' winning streak, however, ended Sunday following a 6-3 loss to the Panthers.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the challenges the Blackhawks and Bruins might face playing in the elements outdoors for the 2019 Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Cubs made a minor move in signing starting pitcher Kendall Graveman. Graveman is recovering from Tommy John Surgery, so how much he pitches for the Cubs in 2019 is in question.
Meanwhile, the NL Central got even better, as the Reds acquired Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood from the Dodgers.
Could the Cubs be in on Bryce Harper? A recent report said that the Cubs told Harper's agent to wait before signing with another team.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and Kelly Crull take one last look back on the 2018 season.
According to a report, the White Sox or any team won't know Manny Machado's free agency decision until 2019. Whether they get him or not, here are three reasons why the White Sox need Machado or Harper, and three reasons why they'd be fine without them.
Machado supposedly prefers the Yankees; what can trump his interest in New York?