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How can Bears earn wildcard berth?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

What needs to happen for the Bears to earn a wildcard spot? It looks like they're going to need some serious help from other teams.

Lockport, Illinois

The Bears would earn a wildcard berth by winning their final two games in Arizona and Detroit coupled with one of the following five scenarios: 1) One Vikings loss and one Giants loss; 2) One Vikings loss and two Seahawks losses; 3) One Giants loss and two Seahawks losses; 4) One Vikings loss, one Redskins loss and one Cowboys loss; 5) Two Seahawks losses, one Redskins loss and one Cowboys loss. There's also a remote possibility the Bears could make the playoffs with a 9-7 record.

Why didn't the Bears use Michael Bush when they had the ball at the Packers' one-yard line?

Dave R.
Elgin, Illinois

Bruising running back Michael Bush didn't play Sunday against the Packers because he was bothered by a rib injury. Here's what coach Lovie Smith said when asked about Bush Monday: "He was in uniform, but we were going to use him only if we had to. He still wasn't quite ready to go."

Has Brandon Marshall broken the Bears record for receiving yards in a season? I thought he was close but haven't heard anything about it.

Steve H.
San Diego, California

With 1,398 yards through 14 games, Brandon Marshall is just two yards shy of the Bears record of 1,400 set by Marcus Robinson in 1999.

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