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November 22, 2012|By Jack Silverstein | For RedEye

The Bears' remaining regular-season home games are against Minnesota, Seattle and Green Bay, meaning their cold-weather advantage will be minimal. But a look at these frigid games under coach Lovie Smith shows that "Bear Weather" doesn't always work in the home team's favor.

Dec. 19, 2004 vs. Houston

Temperature: 9 degrees

Supposed advantage: Huge

Outcome: Texans whip an uninspired Bears team 24-5.

Dec. 18, 2005 vs. Atlanta

Temperature: 12 degrees

Supposed advantage: Huge

Outcome: Bears grind out win over tired Falcons, 16-3.

Dec. 3, 2006 vs. Minnesota

Temperature: 20 degrees

Supposed advantage: Moderate

Outcome: Vikings crush Bears in first downs (21-6), total yards (346-107) and time of possession, but the Bears win 23-13.

Dec. 23, 2007 vs. Green Bay

Temperature: 20 degrees

Supposed advantage: None

Outcome: The Bears destroy Green Bay 35-7 by protecting the ball and battering 38-year-old Brett Favre.

Dec. 7, 2008 vs. Jacksonville

Temperature: 18 degrees

Supposed advantage: Huge

Outcome: Jaguars post a statistical advantage but Bears find the end zone twice in a 23-10 win.

Dec. 22, 2008 vs. Packers

Temperature: 2 degrees

Supposed advantage: None

Outcome: Bears win 20-17 in overtime, their 10th straight home victory with a kickoff temperature below 32 degrees.

Dec. 12, 2010 vs. Patriots

Temperature: 26 degrees

Supposed advantage: Minimal

Outcome: The Patriots led 33-0 at halftime and won 36-7; the cold played less of a role than the blinding snow.

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