NFL Playoff Picture: Bears Become Fourth Team To Clinch Playoff Spot

The Chicago Bears beat Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football as they became the fourth team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot, which means about one-third of the playoff teams are decided. The Bears are, however, the only team to clinch their division at this point.

In the NFC, the 10-4 Bears join the 12-2 Atlanta Falcons as the only team to clinch. The Falcons are two games up on the New Orleans Saints in the AFC NFC South so a Falcons win or a Saints loss this weekend will clinch the division for them. If the playoffs started today in the NFC, you'd have the following teams in: Falcons, Bears, Eagles, Rams, Saints and Giants. Yes, that means the Eagles would meet the Giants and the Packers would be out.

In the AFC, the 12-2 New England Patriots and 10-4 Pittsburgh Steelers are the only two teams to clinch a playoff spot at this point. The Patriots can wrap up the division this weekend with a victory or a Jets loss. If the playoffs started today, you'd have the following teams in: Patriots, Steelers, Chiefs, Colts, Ravens and Jets.

Of the four teams that have clinched a playoff spot, the Bears are the most surprising. I'm not sure there were a ton of folks who predicted them in the playoffs, let alone clinching the division in Week 15.

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