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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears (8-8) live to fight another day.
Despite suffering yet another lopsided 35-16 loss to Aaron Rodgers and the archrival Green Bay Packers, the Bears backed into the seventh and final NFC playoff spot by virtue of the Los Angeles Rams knocking off the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The Bears travel to No. 2 seed New Orleans for the opening round of the playoffs. The Saints beat the Bears 26-23 on Nov. 1 at Soldier Field.
The Bears would have preferred to punch their own postseason ticket, but getting there alone carries with it a certain degree of significance.
Chicago has now reached the playoffs two of three years under coach Matt Nagy, which is no small feat when you consider the organization’s spotty postseason history. The Bears have only one playoff victory since 2006, and prior to Nagy’s arrival in 2018, the Bears spent four consecutive years in the basement of the NFC North.
Nagy’s job is probably safe. General