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Chicago Bears season over, fans set their sights on next year

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Bears season is over, and speculation had begun about the future of Head Coach Lovie Smith.

From the Chicago Sun Times to ESPN to the Chicago Tribune, many critics are saying that if the Bears ever want to be in the Super Bowl or to even win the Super Bowl, Lovie Smith has to go.

Obviously the players think differently. They did a great job winning against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but not even that victory lasted long.

SEE: Bears miss playoffs despite 26-24 win over Lions

Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher had much to say on the subject of Lovie, as well as many other aspects of this past season. He spoke exclusively with FOX 32's Lou Canellis on the Final Word.

EXCLUSIVE: Urlacher on Bears future: `Whatever happens, happens`

Watching Green Bay Packers fans root for their team is an expected sight to be seen. But at Will's Northwoods Inn in Lakeview, a well known Packer hangout, FOX 32 News found a few Bears fans hiding among the crowd.

"This is my roommate, she's a Packers fan. And so we're rooting together today, for the first time," Bears fan Jamie Friedlander said.

If you thought that was a rare sight, it was a common one in Chicago on Sunday. Bears fans were rooting for their rivals at Fatpour in Wicker Park. There was optimism all the way to the end of the game. Fans held onto that lingering hope that the Packers could put away the Minnesota Vikings to propel the Bears into the playoffs.

"That's all I want. That's all I want, just one time right here. One time, go Packers…go Bears," Bears fan Zak Klobucear said.

But it wasn't meant to be. Just a few hours after the Bears won on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers lost to the Vikings – and that loss eliminated Chicago's chances of going to the playoffs.

SEE: Peterson, Vikings top Packers 37-34 to make playoffs

Bears fans left feeling dejected Sunday night, even though their team came away with a victory earlier in the day.

"We never expected this from the Vikings. They're not good. All of a sudden, they're playing," Luke Wolniak said.

Now all Bears fans can do is watch both rivals as they enter the playoffs next weekend.

Lovie Smith has one year left on a lucrative contract. Some of the players said they have faith in him and they would like to see him continue coaching. One Chicago fan said to give the head coach a chance.

"The Bears are doing better and he is doing better. It takes time," the fan said. "If you have never been on the grid iron, get out there yourself, and you'll see how it is. It's tough out there."

ESPN is running a poll on its website, asking if Smith should return in 2013. It wasn't looking very good for him Monday morning. About 69% of the people out of 14,000 voters said he should not be back in 2013. Only 31% said he deserved to return.

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