The Vikings are 18-6 in the regular season and postseason at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Bears haven't won in Minnesota since that final game on the 2011 schedule.
It was win or go home for the Eagles and the Vikings in Week 17. The longer the Eagles are in the tournament, the more a Wentz sighting is likely to happen.
The defending Super Bowl champions will return to the playoffs after a two-touchdown performance by quarterback Nick Foles. There's no magic formula. Kendricks was declared out for the Bears game on Friday.
The Bears might find they are already playoff ready if they win Sunday in what amounts to be a must game for the Vikings.
That doesn't mean Eagles coach Doug Pederson hasn't done his part to encourage the Bears, however.
"All the hypotheticals or where we would be at or what we are going to be based on the results of this weekend, I know that we're playing this game to win", Trubisky said.
"We'll have to do the best we can do to hold up and protect the football", Cousins said.
Chicago, the NFC North division champion, can not finish any worse than third but must defeat the Vikings and hope for San Francisco to defeat the Rams in Los Angeles to jump into the No. 2 seed and earn a first-round bye. It had its fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season last week against Detroit, with no turnovers. The Vikings entered Sunday's blowout loss with the league's No. 1 third-down defense. "We know that we have to win this game in order to get into them".
Credit Bears coach Matt Nagy for setting the proper tone. The crowd erupted when word spread that the Bears had scored, giving Chicago a 21-10 lead.
Mack and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks helped make the previous matchup, a 25-20 victory by the Bears, miserable for Minnesota's offensive line.
But if they're not, that team is the Eagles. "I feel like we'll get this thing situated, and my goal is to be out there and play".