How the Bears would gain top seed

The chart below provides one-stop shopping for those interested in the Chicago Bears' chances for taking the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture and how it could happen. Special thanks to Alok Pattani of ESPN Stats & Information and ESPN.com editor Brett Longdin.

Among other things, it explains why the Bears need an Eagles loss even though they have a head-to-head advantage. Short version: Tiebreaker rules change in cases of a three-way tie.