Chicago Bears activate OG Kyle Long from I.R.

If Minnesota loses, it will need the Eagles to lose in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs.

The 11-4 Bears will face an 8-6-1 Vikings team that is still fighting for a playoff spot.

The sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC is one of the final lose ends that needs to be tied up this weekend, with the Vikings now controlling that spot (and thus entering the playoffs with a win Sunday against the Bears, or a loss in Philadelphia) and the reigning Super Bowl champs, The Philadelphia Eagles, desperately hoping for yet another December miracle. Here is how the Bears match up against prospective playoff opponents.

As expected, the Bears have activated OG Kyle Long from injured reserve, and he could start Sunday's game against the Vikings in Minnesota. But with the Rams - the team the Bears are still looking up at, yet own the tiebreaker over - kicking off at the same time, there will no doubt be some scoreboard watching by coach Matt Nagy and his staff.

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McCaw averaged 4.0 points in 128 regular-season appearances with the Warriors over the past two seasons. It appears as though the 23-year-old's stint in basketball limbo has ended, thanks to the Cavaliers.

"We need the win", Nagy said.

While the Vikings' season has turned into horror movie as opposed to an underdog overcomes everything tale, there is still a simple truth about this week's game.

Communication will be key on defense for a unit that is likely to be without Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson and veteran lineback Aaron Lynch, Joniak writes. However, the Bears beat the Vikings 25-20 earlier this year at Soldier Field.

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