Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Tim ArcandCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 9: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears on December 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Final Vikings 21, Bears 14

Behind 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns by Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings stayed in the playoff hunt. Peterson set the stage on his first carry of the game, rambling for 51 yards. 

The Vikings defense, behind interceptions from a couple of rookie defensive backs helped the Vikings to win at home where they are now 6-1. Cornerback Josh Robinson picked off Jay Cutler on the Bears' first drive of the game, returning it to the 5-yard line. 

It gave the Vikings a 14-point lead with only a little more than six minutes gone in the game. 

In the second half, safety Harrison Smith returned another Cutler interception 51 yards for a touchdown. At the time it pushed Vikings lead to 21-7. 

The defense was able to hold the Bears to two touchdowns, despite 438 yards of offense. It was also the second game this season that the Vikings won without Christian Ponder passing for 100 yards. Ponder finished the game  11-for-17 for 91 yards and another interception. 

For the Bears, it was another big game for Brandon Marshall. He finished with 10 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. For the season Marshall now has 101 catches, making him the Bears all-time single-season receptions leader. He surpassed Marty Booker who has 100 catches for Chicago in 2001.

The loss leaves the Bears cheering for a Lions win, as they travel to Green Bay to play Sunday night. It also makes their game next week against the Packers that much more critical.