The Bears are in the playoffs, are NFC North Champions, and have a looming guaranteed home playoff game in January. They have the first Bears rookie head coach in Matt Nagy to reach 10 wins in his first season since George Halas. They have one of the NFL’s best defensive players in Khalil Mack. And they possess a young quarterback on the rise in Mitchell Trubisky.
(Han Solo voice): It’s true, all of it. What a time to be alive.
Whether that guaranteed Bears home game takes place in the Wild Card or Divisional Round remains to be seen with two games left in the regular season. Whatever it does end up being, you can nab your general public postseason tickets this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Central through Ticketmaster, the team announced. Tickets will have the price of a Divisional game, with a refund issuing the difference coming if it is a Wild Card game instead.
At the moment, the Bears are the NFC’s No. 3 seed and would host the NFC North rival Vikings in a Wild Card matchup: the third time the two would have met over the course of the 2018 season. Barring a collapse by the Saints (Steelers and Panthers at home) or Rams (Cardinals on the road, 49ers at home) in their remaining schedules, it looks like the only thing that could truly change for the Bears is whoever they play as the No. 3 seed. It would take an inexplicable downfall for the Bears to have the No. 4 Cowboys leapfrog them (losing their last two games and Dallas winning out).
Whatever the case, the Bears’ first playoff trip in eight years is real, not imagined. If you have the spare money and time, you can make it even more real with your own ticket stub.
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