HOUSTON - The Chicago Bears' playoff chances ended against
a team long eliminated from postseason contention.
Andre Johnson had two touchdowns and the Houston Texans got a
31-24 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday to knock them out of the
The Bears (9-7) needed a win to keep any postseason hopes alive.
The Vikings beat the Giants to take the NFC North title, but
Chicago could have got in with a wild-card spot, but needed a
victory combined with losses or ties by Dallas and Tampa Bay for
that to happen.
Long out of the playoff picture themselves, the Texans were
determined to win this one to finish with their second straight 8-8
record. They were desperate for a big finale after an embarrassing
loss to Oakland last week.
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