- Jon Greenberg, Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
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DETROIT -- The Chicago Bears are not a playoff team. After weeks of rumors, Deep Purple confirmed it as fact.
This was a just ending, a lousy win over a lousy team in a cold, grey city and no help from the Green Bay Packers.
Asked if the team's critics, which is to say everyone outside of Halas Hall, were correct in saying the Bears didn't deserve to make the playoffs, defensive tackle Henry Melton was brutally honest.
"Who does?" he said. "Is there a 10-6 team that really deserves to be in?"
Lovie Smith's time has run out with the Bears.