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NFL Week 16 Scores: Bears Drop Jets, 38-34, Can Clinch First Round Bye With Help

The Chicago Bears withstood a 24-point second quarter by the New York Jets to win their 11th game, 38-34, and stay on track for a first round bye in the NFC Playoffs. The Bears trailed 21-10 in the second quarter before Jay Cutler's four touchdowns - three passing, one running - brought the Bears back in snowy Chicago. The eventual game-winner was a 26-yard strike to Johnny Knox with 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was Knox's second touchdown of the day and Cutler's fourth and final.

The win by the Bears means they could clinch a first round bye if they get some help. They need the New York Giants to lose to the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles to lose to the Minnesota Vikings in order to ensure they would be playing at home until the NFC title game.

This Bears win is terrific news for Atlanta Falcons fan who want to avoid Michael Vick and Philadelphia Eagles. Forcing the Eagles to play in the wild card round could keep the Falcons from ever facing them in the playoffs. Now, we root for the Vikings and Packers.

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