With the Detroit Lions losing Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles, Bears fans have reason to be hopeful heading into tonight’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. With a win, they stay in the hunt for the NFC North title.
But history isn’t exactly on the Bears’ side when looking at other 6-6 teams since 2002.
Take a look at the numbers, courtesy of STATS:
Of the 16 teams that did make the postseason, here’s a breakdown of how they finished their last four regular-season games:
(The 2010 Seahawks are the team that went 1-3 down the stretch, eventually losing to the Bears 35-24 in the Divisional Playoff).
Even when a 6-6 team fights its way into the postseason, nearly half the time they’re out in the wild-card round: