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Out of their hands, so Bears out of playoffs

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Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston breaks up a pass intended for Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall during the fourth quarter Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit. The Bears won 26-24 but still missed out on the postseason party.

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The Bears did their part Sunday with a 26-24 victory at Detroit. Unfortunately for them, the Green Bay Packers didn't do theirs later in the afternoon and were upset by the Minnesota Vikings 37-34, leaving coach Lovie Smith's crew without an invitation to the postseason party. "We just needed to take care of what we could control, and that was winning the game," Smith said.

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