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Bears Try to Pick Up Pieces After Blowout
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears are trying to forget all about their blowout loss at home to New England.

With a win in their next game -- Dec. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings -- the Bears would clinch the NFC North title if the Green Bay Packers also lose to the Patriots.

The Bears (9-4) are eager to focus on the divisional race after Sunday's 36-7 loss.

The Bears looked shaky on both offense and defense against New England, yielding a season-high in yardage and points while also committing four turnovers on offense. The defeat included the most points the Bears have ever allowed in a half at home (33).

Coach Lovie Smith said both the offense and defense found it easy to put the defeat behind after reviewing game film. The Bears came out of the game without any new significant injuries.

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