Here's a disturbing piece of information for Chicago Bears fans to chew on with their holiday leftovers.
The first scenario is entirely possible, but the Bears haven't performed like a playoff team in months. Their life in the postseason threatens to be a short one if they qualify. Chicago's once-dominant defense sparked to life again in last Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals, but too many injuries have neutralized this unit during its 2-5 stretch run.
A lot needs to go wrong for a 7-1 team to miss the playoffs. The Bears, with one game remaining, need to take care of business and receive a little help to avoid the ugly distinction.