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The Chicago Bears head into their final regular-season game with a shot at an opening-round bye and some extra rest for their first playoff appearance in eight years.

 

Consider those sweet incentives for the NFC North champions.

 

A victory at Minnesota combined with a loss by the Los Angeles Rams to the San Francisco 49ers would give the Bears the second seed in the conference and a bye.

 

Chicago and Los Angeles kick off at the same time. And if it becomes clear the Bears have little shot at catching the Rams, Matt Nagy figures to ease up and start pulling his best players.

 

But for now, he's all-in.

 

The Bears are the No. 3 seed in the NFC, a game behind the Rams. But they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker after shutting down Jared Goff and Los Angeles' high-powered offense in a 15-6 victory at Soldier Field on Dec. 9.

 

If they don't get the second seed, they could wind up playing Minnesota in back-to-back weeks. The Vikings are sixth in the NFC and fighting to hang onto a playoff spot.

 

The Bears are rolling with eight wins in nine games, surviving a fight and a late fumble to beat San Francisco 14-9 on Sunday.

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