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LAKE FOREST Eddie Goldman Color Rush Jersey , Ill. (AP) — Clinch the NFC North championship and beat a heated rival to do it? The Chicago Bears couldn't have asked for a sweeter scenario.That's exactly the opportunity they're staring at when they host Aaron Rodgers and the fading Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon."It would be very exciting," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "We know this is a big week for us, and a lot comes with it." With six wins in the past seven games, the division championship and a playoff spot are just about in hand.A win over the Packers (5-7-1) would clinch the North for the Bears (9-4). So would a loss by Minnesota to Miami. And ties by both the Bears and the Vikings would do the trick, too.Even if they don't clinch the division, they could still secure a playoff spot on Sunday. In that case, a tie against Green Bay — or a tie or loss by Washington against Jacksonville — would send Chicago to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 team won the NFC North.Of course, with a victory comes this added bonus: beating Green Bay. It would also give the Bears a measure of revenge for that season-opening gut punch at Lambeau Field, when Rodgers got carted off the field with a left knee injury and came back to lead the Packers from 20 down to a 24-23 victory."It's a special moment in my career," Rodgers said. "It is the Bears Marcus Cooper Jersey , and the injury I was dealing with and the pain and 20-0 and coming back and winning that game. It seems a long time ago, standing here in Week 15, but that was a good moment for us. It's a better moment when you parlay those into big-time winning seasons and championship runs, but it was a special moment for sure."The teams' fortunes sure have changed since.The Bears have emerged as a force in the NFC in their first season under coach Matt Nagy after four straight last-place finishes. The Packers fired Mike McCarthy in his 13th season two weeks ago and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach, hoping to jolt a team in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year.The Packers won his debut , beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-20. The Bears beat the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams 15-6 last week, with their defense squashing one of the NFL's most prolific offenses.Here are some things to know with Chicago on the verge of securing a playoff spot and Green Bay's hopes fading:STREAK VS. STRENGTHIt's a case of a streak vs. strength when Rodgers faces Chicago's turnover-happy defense. The Bears are first in the NFL in turnover margin at plus-13. Rodgers hasn't thrown a pick since Week 4, when his pass over the middle for Jimmy Graham was deflected twice before being intercepted by Bills safety Jordan Poyer on second-and-4 from the Packers 49. It's the only interception this season for Rodgers. Since then he's had 368 straight attempts without an interception to set an NFL record."Yeah, you know hopefully it stays that way," Philbin said as he knocked on a wooden podium for good luck. The Packers are plus-2 in turnover margin https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Kyle-Fuller-Jersey , tied for 14th in the league.ROAD WOESWith an 0-6 road record and eight straight losses dating to last season, the Packers sure have experienced difficulties away from Lambeau Field. That's something they hope to change against Chicago.The Packers have won nine of the past 10 meetings overall. They also have an eight-game winning streak at Soldier Field, counting the postseason.COMFORT AT HOMEWhile the Packers have struggled on the road, the Bears are 6-1 at Soldier Field.That gives them their highest win total at home since going 6-2 in 2008. And if they beat Green Bay, the Bears would finish 7-1 at home for the first time since 2005.Also, Nagy's nine victories are the most by a coach in his first season with the Bears since Paddy Driscoll led the 1956 team to a 9-2-1 mark.TURNOVER TIMESpeaking of turnovers, the Packers' defense has been hit or miss when it comes to takeaways. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland accounted for both of Green Bay's takeaways last week with an interception return for a touchdown and fumble recovery, though the latter came on a botched shotgun snap. Still, the win over the Falcons ended a two-week stretch without a takeaway.OFFENSIVE OUTPUTThe Bears would certainly welcome a better showing from Trubisky. He struggled against Los Angeles after missing back-to-back games because of a right shoulder injury, with a season-high three interceptions and a 33.3 rating that was his lowest of the year.One positive for the Bears' offense: Jordan Howard running for a season-high 101 yards. LAKE FOREST Bryce Callahan Color Rush Jersey , Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears appear likely to get starting right guard Kyle Long back from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, although no final decision has yet been made.Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets."I thought he's had a good week of practice and, again, when you're out that long and you come back, a lot of it is just getting your wind back, your conditioning back and then obviously trying to see exactly how you feel pain-wise and then health-wise as well," Bears coach Matt Nagy said Friday. "But he's done a good job." The NFC North champion Bears (11-4) could earn a first-round playoff bye with a win and a loss by the Los Angeles Rams, while the Vikings (8-6-1) need a win or a loss by the Philadelphia Eagles to make the playoffs as a wild card.Nagy said coaches and medical officials would meet later Friday to sort out final details on player availability, but the return of the three-time Pro Bowl player seemed imminent either for the full game or at least part of it."Just talking to him throughout the week Josh Bellamy Jersey , I feel pretty good with him playing most of the game," Nagy said. "But we've just got to kind of see if that's where we're at and if it is a pitch count."I think a lot of that honestly is going to be more so when you're in the game: How's he feeling? If he's feeling good, keep him going."Nagy said Long has done everything required in practices.Long had surgery on the foot after his injury and was put on injured reserve with an option to return."He's gonna be a good addition to what's already going on offensively," linebacker Khalil Mack said. "Just being able to have him back is huge for us. Looking forward to seeing how he does."Long was replaced by Eric Kush and then Bryan Witzmann following his injury.Long returned to practice for the first time last Friday and said conditioning was the biggest issue."I mean, I'm not a marathon runner, thank God," Long said earlier this week. "It's a six-second (play) interval. If it was double digits, I don't know if I'd ever be able to make it."It appears the Bears will be without several other key players.Safety Eddie Jackson (ankle), linebacker Aaron Lynch (elbow) and wide receiver Allen Robinson II (ribs) have not practiced the entire week and are all doubtful for Sunday's game.Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) is questionable after practicing all week on a limited basis.