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Bears need help from Packers

Updated: December 23, 2012, 11:33 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- He nearly winced to say it Sunday, but no matter how farfetched, this time Lovie Smith truly meant it when he said "it's not hard at all for me" to root for the Green Bay Packers next week when they face the Minnesota Vikings in the regular-season finale.

To advance to the postseason for the first time since 2010, Chicago needs to defeat the Detroit Lions next week and the Packers to beat Minnesota so the Bears can sneak past the Vikings for the NFC's sixth seed in ...

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