Bears eliminated from playoffs despite win

Published 12/30 2012 09:35PM

Updated 12/30 2012 09:43PM

WMBD/WYZZ-TV STAFF - DETROIT, MI - The Bears did what they needed to do on Sunday, beating the Detroit Lions 26-24.

It wasn't enough to achieve a playoff berth.

The Bears needed the Minnesota Vikings to lose to the Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis for Chicago to clinch a wildcard spot in the NFC.

Minnesota didn't cooperate.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 199 yards and one touchdown, and was nine yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.  Peterson finished with 2,097 yards, and is the seventh rusher to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark.

The Bears finish the season with a 10-6 record, and will have to answer several questions in the coming months about the return of Head Coach Lovie Smith.

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