Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Bears 31 Vikings 30 Final
After settling for their third field goal of the second half, giving the Vikings only a six-point lead, Jay Cutler leads the Bears to the game-winning touchdown with only 0:10 left in the game.
The Bears got the ball back with 3:08 left in the game and covered 66 yards to score the go-ahead touchdown. Cutler connected with Martellus Bennett for his second touchdown in the game.
After going into the half with a 24-21 lead, it was the only score of the second half for the Bears. It was a sloppy second half for Bears with two turnovers, but in the end it was a game-winning touchdown by Cutler when the Bears needed it most.
Cutler finished the game completing 28-of-39 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Despite a fumble that led to a Minnesota field goal, Matt Forte had a very good game gaining 90 yards on 19 carries and 71 yards on 11 receptions.
The win gives the Bears a 2-0 start on the season while the Vikings drop to 0-2 with two losses within the division.
While Adrian Peterson gained 100 yards on 26 carries, the Bears were able to keep him out of the end zone.
Final: Bears 31, Vikings 30
It was much closer than anyone expected, but then again in the NFL all that matters is the "W".
Both teams had plenty of opportunities to put this one away.
In the end, Jay Cutler won the game with a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett, his second touchdown catch of the game.
Neither team can feel good about this one, but then again, being 2-0 is infinitely better than being 0-2.
Next week the Bears will play their first road game of the season as they travel to Pittsburgh.
The Vikings will get a chance to play at home when they host the Browns.
0:43 left in the game
What a great play by Xavier Rhodes to tip the ball away from Alshon Jeffrey.
No doubt both sides are holding their breath.
The Bears have two minutes to score a touchdown with the ball at midfield. About the only thing they might have to worry about is scoring too quickly.
3:15 left in the game.
Holding the Vikings to another field goal is a huge win for the Chicago defense.
It gives Jay Cutler and the offense plenty of time to win this game by finishing it off with a touchdown.
6:17 left in the game.
Incredible. Letroy Guion strips Matt Forte of the ball, giving it back to the Vikings.
This is a game of lost opportunities for the Bears.
Once leading in just about every category, the stats are getting real close real fast.
7:00 left in the game.
There's no way anyone would believe that the Minnesota Vikings offense was capable of two drives of 13 plays each in the second half of the game.
Despite two turnovers in the game and being out-gained for most of the game, the Minnesota Vikings find themselves in position for an upset.
8:34 left in the game
A loss of 13 yards on a first down run by Adrian Peterson results in a field goal for Blair Walsh.
The result is the same, but it takes a little more time off the clock.
Holding the Vikings to a field goal is a win for the Bears.
10:46 left in the game.
I cannot believe it!
After the Bears got the reversal on the first down call, the Vikings go for it on fourth down and get the first down on an Adrian Peterson run.
11:00 left in the game.
Finally a good decision by Christian Ponder to throw the ball away on second down.
On a 3rd-and-2, Ponder than dives for the first down, or does he?
At the 17-yard line, this is a chip shot for Blair Walsh, but if the Vikings could get a touchdown, it might be the momentum breaker for the Bears.
Chicago head coach Marc Trestman has to challenge the spot, and he does—win or lose the challenge, it was the right call.
First play of the fourth quarter.
What did I say? Give the ball to Matt Forte. Instead, Jay Cutler gives the ball back to the Vikings with his second interception of the game.
A great play by safety Harrison Smith to step in front of Brandon Marshall.
End of the third quarter.
It's Matt Forte time. Look for the Bears' running back to take over this game. He has 84 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving.
The Bears would be wise to just keep giving him the ball and work in some more play-action passes.
Vikings fans have to be ecstatic that the score is tied with a quarter left to play.
2:29 left in the third quarter.
What a break for the Vikings. It gives the Vikings a chance to tie the game.
2:29 left in the third quarter.
The Bears may have gone ahead in the turnover battle.
If the review gives the ball back to the Bears on a touchback, it will be the second one in the game with the Vikings intercepting a pass in the end zone.
3:27 left in the third quarter.
Did these two teams change uniforms in the locker room at halftime?
A very nice pass from Christian Ponder to Jerome Simpson to get the Vikings deep into Bears territory.
6:00 left in the third quarter.
How can these two teams only have a combined two sacks this late in the game?
The bigger sack goes for the Vikings, with theirs leading to a defensive touchdown.
9:40 left in the third quarter.
That evens out the turnover battle. The next turnover could decide this game.
Interesting how this second half has opened compared to the first. The Bears offense has opened with two punts, after only one in the first half.
The Vikings need to score, but not necessarily quickly. If they can grind out a long drive it could really set the tone for the fourth quarter.
10:35 left in the third quarter.
What a gutsy call by the Vikings, going for it on fourth down.
Christian Ponder dives for the first down, but on the next play Adrian Peterson puts the ball on the ground.
Maybe they would have been better off punting the ball.
I cannot stand the call on second down when Ponder is rolling to hie left and throwing back across his body—it's bad technique that every Pee Wee football coach knows.
12:30 left in the third quarter.
It's Adrian Peterson time. The Vikings need to keep giving the ball to Peterson and wear down the Bears defense.
It will pay dividends as the game progresses.
12:37 left in the third quarter.
With the play-action pass working so well, why would Chicago go away from it?
Trying to get cute with a reverse worked into the Vikings' favor, forcing the Bears into long yardage.
Forcing a punt to open the second half, the Vikings have a chance to regain the momentum.
Bears fans should be pulling their hair out.
The Bears have been dominating the game, yet because of two turnovers, one resulting in a touchdown, the Vikings are still in this game.
Anything short of a touchdown to open the second half should be considered a failure for the Chicago offense.
3:02 left in the first half.
It was just a matter of time before Christian Ponder would give the ball away.
After two gifts from the Bears, the Vikings quarterback yields an interception returned for a touchdown by cornerback Tim Jennings.
4:36 left in the first half.
Wow, it's another shoot-themselves-in-the-foot play for the Bears. They answered the Vikings touchdown by defensive end Brian Robison by turning the ball over on the 1-yard line.
7:34 left in the first half.
Talk about stepping in it. The Bears were knocking on the door to extend their lead.
Jared Allen gets the sack and knocks the ball out of Jay Cutler's hands.
Brian Robison picks up the ball and returns it for a 61-yard touchdown.
That's a tie game with the Vikings offense still not getting into the scoring.
9:40 left in the second half.
Jay Cutler is putting on a clinic. He has completed 11 of 12 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
He has hit Matt Forte five times for 31 yards.
It's obvious the Bears watched the film for the Lions against the Vikings last week.
12:50 left in the second quarter.
In the battle of running backs, Matt Forte is outplaying Adrian Peterson.
Forte has 56 total yards compared to only nine for Peterson.
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