The Chicago Bears kept their playoff hopes alive with a 28-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The result was expected, given the fact that the Cardinals have lost nine of ten and possess the worst offense in the league. While the victory is hardly cause for celebration, it gives the Bears a plausible playoff path if Chicago beats Detroit next week and gets some help in the form of a Green Bay Packers victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
However, while the win settled nothing in terms of the Bears' playoff hopes, it provided a historical moment, as Dane Noble of Windy City Gridiron explains Brandon Marshall's entry into the record books:
Brandon Marshall set a Chicago Bears single-season record for receiving yards on his very first catch of the game. He entered with 1,397 yards this season, with the record being held since 1999 by Marcus Robinson (1,400 yards). He sits at 1,464 with one game left to play in the regular season.
Another big game by Marshall could help catapult the Bears into the playoffs. Chicago travels to Detroit next Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff on FOX.