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Bears miss playoffs despite 26-24 win over Lions


Posted on Dec. 30, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

DETROIT — The Chicago Bears held on against Detroit — before their playoff hopes faded away for good.

Chicago needed a win over the Lions and a loss by Minnesota on Sunday to make the postseason. The Bears took care of their end, beating Detroit 26-24, but the Vikings edged the Packers 37-34 to earn a wild card.

Chicago (10-6) became only the second team since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams to miss out after a 7-1 start, according to STATS, LLC. The other was Washington in 1996.

The Lions (4-12) lost their last eight games and turned the ball over four times in the finale. Calvin Johnson fell short in his attempt to become the first player with 2,000 yards receiving in a season.




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 Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell watches practice during an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Caldwell has had a calming presence on his new team, perhaps giving the franchise what it needed after five years with the emotionally charged Jim Schwartz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Updated on July 31, 2014 at 6:50 p.m.
 Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) and Adam Eaton (1) celebrate their 7-4 win against the Detroit Tigers after a baseball game in Detroit,  Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Updated on July 31, 2014 at 6:31 p.m.
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