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The Evening Rush for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

A big game for the Bears

Thanks to Sunday’s win against the Browns, tonight’s Lions-Ravens game has huge playoff implications. If the Lions lose, the Bears can punch their playoff ticket by winning the last two games and capturing the NFC North title.

Maybe good news: Lance Briggs is returning to practice and a decision will be made Friday whether he’ll play against the Eagles. [Sun-Times]

Definitely bad news: Even if the Bears do make the playoffs, Peanut Tillman’s season is done. [Sun-Times]

Same-sex couples can get married with doctor’s note

A federal court is ordering an Illinois county clerk’s office to issue a marriage license to any same-sex couple who wants to wed immediately because one of them has a life-threatening illness. [Sun-Times]

The fall of the house of Tzarnaev

The five-month investigation into the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is definitely worth a read. [Boston Globe]

There’s an app for that

Free smartphone app helps you track Chicago’s squirrel population. [DNAinfo Chicago]

More bad news for fake Mandela interpreter

Relatives of Thamsanqa Jantjie say he burned two men to death in 2003 — by setting fire to tires placed around their necks. [AP]

The big hit

In case you missed it, Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber was blindsided Sunday night — and left the field with a broken jaw. [Deadspin]

Former Gov. Ryan remembers Mandela

Ever hear the one about the Republican governor who begged a communist dictator to introduce him to a Nobel Peace Prize winner? [Sun-Times]

How the military wasted your money in 2013

For example, Army officials spent $14 million to figure out they didn’t want a new gun. [Medium]

Will you work for beer?

Lagunitas wants to know — and they’re hiring. [Sun-Times]

Lottery fever

There’s a chance we could be looking at a $1 billion jackpot by Christmas. [CNN]

The Bright One

When booze is being sold at a steep discount, Chicago folks lose their mind. Y’all did today at Dominick’s. [Sun-Times]

Commute

Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally

Some strong winds made it hard for these Scandinavians to cross the street. [Gawker]