Of course if Chicago had just gotten the job done to begine with we wouldn't have to waste so much brain matter trying to figure out what does and does not have to happen for the Bears to get into the playoffs.
Fresh off of showing what the tie breakers were, here is a break down of the scenarios:
If the Vikings beat Detroit this weekend they would hold all tie-breakers over Chicago, which means the Bears would have to wind up with a better overall record than Minnesota to win the division. The Bears will have to win at least three of their remaining four contests in this scenario and have the Vikings lose their final three games (That would leave the Bears at 9-7 and the Vikings at 8-8).
If the Vikings win two of their remaining four contests with one being a victory at Detroit, the Bears have to win all four of their remaining contests (That would leave the Bears at 10-6 and the Vikings at 9-7). The Vikings win the division if they win at least three of their remaining four contests, including a win at Detroit, even if the Bears win all four games due to tie-breaker No. 4 (Conference Record).
If the Vikings lose to Detroit, the Bears can hold the tie-breaker by defeating the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 22 (Chicago would then hold tie-breaker No. 2 over Minnesota).
If the Vikings lose to the Lions and the Bears lose to Packers, Chicago will have to finish with a better overall record than Minnesota and Green Bay in order to win the division due to both teams holding tie-breakers over Chicago.
If the Vikings beat the Lions and the Bears lose to the Packers, Chicago would have to win all three other games and have the Vikings lose their remaining three and Green Bay lose at least once.