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Bears clinch NFC North title, could face Vikings in opening round of playoffs

By Judd Zulgad

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings are very much alive in the NFC playoff picture, but they won’t be defending their NFC North title.

That became a certainty on Sunday as the Chicago Bears clinched the division with a 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Mitch Trubisky threw for two touchdowns as the Bears improved to 10-4 with two regular-season games remaining.

It will be the Bears’ first playoff appearance since they won the NFC North in 2010. The division title comes in Matt Nagy’s first season as the Bears’ coach and with Khalil Mack leading the defense after being acquired in an offseason trade from Oakland.

The Vikings,who broke a two-game losing streak with a 41-17 victory over Miami, improved to 7-6-1 and remain in the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC. The Packers will miss the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The Vikings will close the regular season with a game at Detroit next Sunday and then will play host to Chicago in Week 17. The Bears will play at San Francisco next Sunday before visiting Minnesota.

Chicago holds the third seed in the NFC and would play host to the Vikings in a first-round game if those teams remain in their current places.

The post Bears clinch NFC North title, could face Vikings in opening round of playoffs appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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