- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Some of you have asked if the Chicago Bears could earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and thus have home-field advantage through the NFC Championship Game. The answer, courtesy ESPN Stats & Information, is yes -- if six games over the next two weeks go the Bears' way. Here is the "simplest" way for that to happen:
The Saints lose in Week 17 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and finish 11-5.
There could also be a scenario that puts the Bears No. 1 even if the Eagles win their final two games, but it would be based on the strength-of-victory tiebreaker and thus can't be determined yet. As always, you can play with these scenarios yourself over on ESPN.com's awesome Playoff Machine.