Although the Bears lost to the Giants in overtime Sunday, they didn’t lose any ground in the quest for their first NFC North title since 2010.
Because the Vikings also fell to the Patriots, the Bears (8-4) maintained their game-and-a-half lead atop the division over Minnesota (6-5-1) with four contests to play. Green Bay (4-7-1) and Detroit (4-8) also dropped their games Sunday to the Cardinals and Rams, respectively.
The rest of the season, the Vikings face opponents that have a combined winning percentage of .521 (25-23). Minnesota visits the Seahawks (7-5), hosts the Dolphins (6-6), travels to the Lions (4-8) and closes at home against the Bears (8-4).
The Bears will face opponents with a winning percentage of .500 (23-23-2). They'll host the Rams (11-1) and Packers (4-7-1) and visit the 49ers (2-10) and Vikings (6-5-1).
Green Bay remains alive in the division race but would be eliminated with a loss or a Bears win. The Packers host the Falcons (4-8), visit the Bears (8-4) and the Jets (3-9) and host the Lions (4-8).
The Bears beat the Vikings and lost to the Packers earlier this season, but a tiebreaker likely won't be an issue in the division race. Because Minnesota tied its game in Green Bay earlier this year, the only way the Bears could finish with the same record as the Vikings or Packers is if they tie one of their remaining games.