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The Bears Den: December 26, 2012 - Week 17 News and Notes

Brandon Marshall wanted Larry Fitzgerald's jersey after the game, and he wasn't going to take no for an answer.

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Forte's injury, wasted money on Bush, create big problem for Bears - Mike Mulligan: If Forte can't play Sunday, Bears face must-win game with Bell, Allen and maybe Unga.

Bears need to break some trend lines vs. Lions - Moon Mullin explains a few trends that stick out if the Bears want to come away with a win on Sunday.

The NFL has gotten the end games right - Sam Farmer: The scheduling decision two years ago to make all Week 17 games intra-divisional is paying dividends, with meaningful matchups filling the menu on final Sunday.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why the Bears waived Dane Sanzenbacher, if the Bears can play the Packers in the first round of the playoffs and how the offensive line performed in Arizona.

Team notes - Mark Potash: The Bears can thrash bad teams at will and beat good teams in September, but can they win a big game when they absolutely need to? Plus, 10 wins no guarantee of playoffs, nor is lots of catches.

Injury report - Larry Mayer: As the Bears prepare for Sunday's must-win game in Detroit, Lovie Smith conceded that depth is a concern following injuries to Forte and Conte. Plus, more team news.

[Video] CTL - Evaluating Phil Emery and the future of the team.

PFF's Team of Week - Peppers and Briggs play their way onto the team. Offensive players, shockingly, do not.

Chicago Bears Stock Watch - Michael C. Wright looks at which Bears are rising and falling.

PFF's 32 teams, 32 Observations - In a passing league its no shame to receive: 32 gifts about pass catchers.

Sanzenbacher returns home to Ohio - Scott Krinch: Just over 24 hours since being released by the Bears, Dane Sanzenbacher was claimed off waivers by the Bengals.

None of Dane Sanzenbacher, but here's a Lance Briggs t-shirt design via Sackman, for the 7-time Pro Bowl linebacker in your life.


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Matt Bowen' playbook - Executing the "Tunnel Screen": All-22 look at Roddy White's TD vs. Lions.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Calvin Johnson destroyed Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record Sunday. Could the record-setting performance not even be the receiver's personal best? photos: The NFL celebrates the holidays - Let's see... mascots... check... fans dressed as Santa... check... but, let's face it, you probably only really want to know if there are any festive cheerleaders.

Feliz Hoffidad! Because there wasn't much news from yesterday, as you'd expect, here's a bonus video of the best non-Hoff festive song. Of course, I may be biased because it's the Pogues, and we claim the late Kirsty MacColl as one of our own, but...