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BBAO: Bears' No. 1-seed hopes alive

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Hello there everyone. I'm finally re-connected after making the long trek back to NFC North blog headquarters. The trip spanned Monday night's thrilling game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, and leaves us to discuss -- yes -- the possibility of the Chicago Bears nailing down the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture.

The Saints' victory kept that possibility alive. Here's what would have to happen, according to ESPN Stats & Information:

  1. A Bears win at the Green Bay Packers AND

  2. A Falcons loss at home to the Carolina Panthers AND

  3. A Saints loss at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers AND

  4. A Philadelphia Eagles loss in one of their final two games.

It's a long shot, but nothing about the Bears' 2010 season has been predictable.

Continuing around the NFC North: