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Monday, 31 December 2012 10:24

Bears miss playoffs despite win over Lions

DETROIT (AP) - The Chicago Bears held on against Detroit - before their playoff hopes faded away for good. Chicago needed a win over the Lions and a loss by Minnesota on Sunday to make the postseason. The Bears took care of their end, beating Detroit 26-24, but the Vikings edged the Packers 37-34 to earn a wild card. Chicago (10-6) became only the second team since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams to miss out after a 7-1 start, according to STATS, LLC. The other was Washington in 1996. The Lions (4-12) lost their last eight games and turned the ball over four times in the finale. Calvin Johnson fell short in his attempt to become the first player with 2,000 yards receiving in a season. Meanwhile, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has set an NFL single-season record for pass attempts. Stafford threw his 692nd pass in the first quarter against Chicago on Sunday, completing a 5-yarder to tight end Brandon Pettigrew. He surpasses the mark of 691 set by Drew Bledsoe of New England in 1994. With star receiver Calvin Johnson having a record-setting season of his own - and with no consistent running game to balance the offense - Detroit has relied heavily on Stafford. Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season mark for yards receiving last weekend.