Halas Intrigue, Episode 148: A blowout and a must-win finale

The Bears — who endured a six-game losing streak — can grab a playoff spot if they beat the Packers in the regular-season finale.

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Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky celebrates his rushing touchdown with tight end Cole Kmet.

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky celebrates his rushing touchdown with tight end Cole Kmet.

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It’s all on the line Sunday: Beat the Packers, and the Bears are in the playoffs. Jason Lieser joins Patrick Finley and Mark Potash from Jacksonville to talk about the blowout win that put the Bears in that situation, and how that affects the team’s long-term plans. 

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