LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears clinched a first-round bye when the Vikings beat the Eagles Tuesday night and they will head into the postseason with at least the No. 2 seed in the NFC. There's a small chance Chicago could be the No. 1 seed, although it's unlikely the Falcons, who will be the top seed if they win Sunday, will lose to the 2-13 Panthers. The Saints, who will host the Buccaneers on Sunday, also have a shot at the top seed.
QB Jay Cutler said Wednesday that he doesn't expect to get any rest against the Packers, though.
"I expect to play the whole game," he said. "That's how we're preparing at this point."
Atlanta and New Orleans both play at noon CT Sunday, so it's conceivable that the Bears will know whether they still have a chance at the No. 1 seed before their 3:15 p.m. CT kickoff against Green Bay.
"You probably could take a poll in this room right now and I don't think many people would have picked Minnesota over Philly, so anything can happen in this league, we know that," Cutler said. "I'm sure Atlanta and New Orleans are preparing like it's the Super Bowl so we'll just have to play and whatever happens, happens."
The Bears' offense is coming off its two most productive games of the season, as it has scored 40 and 38 points in the past two contests. Cutler was asked whether he's concerned that a long layoff will disrupt the rhythm they have established.
"We're playing really good football right now so we want to continue that," he said. "We want to go out there, and hopefully we can keep playing at the level we're playing."