(670 The Score) Despite losing 35-16 to the Packers in their regular-season finale Sunday afternoon, the Bears secured the No. 7 seed in the NFC playoff bracket when the Rams defeated the Cardinals, 18-7.
Chicago (8-8) will play at second-seeded New Orleans (12-4) in the wild-card round next weekend. This marks the second time in coach Matt Nagy’s three seasons in Chicago that the Bears have reached the playoffs, but they only did so this year because the postseason was expanded from 12 to 14 teams.
The Bears and Cardinals both finished at 8-8, but Chicago earned the tiebreaker due to a better record in common games.
The Saints and Bears met earlier in the season, with New Orleans earning a 26-23 overtime win at Soldier Field on Nov. 1.