Final: Vikings 23, Bears 20
After tying the game with 0:20 left in regulation, Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh kicks a 34-yard field goal for the win over the Chicago Bears.
The overtime period was a see-saw battle that saw both kickers miss a field goal. Walsh missed a 57-yard attempt after a 15-yard face mask penalty negated his 39-yard attempt that was good.
On the ensuing drive, Chicago kicker Robbie Gould had a chance to win the game with a 47-yard field goal. His attempt was just wide right to give the Vikings another chance to win the game.
Quarterback Matt Cassel took over for Christian Ponder in the second half. He finished 20-of-33 passing for 242 yards and a touchdown to lead the Vikings to only their third win of the season. In the first half, the Vikings only had 16 net passing yards.
Running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 211 yards on 35 carries to help drive the Vikings into field-goal range in overtime. Wide receiver Greg Jennings led the Vikings with seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.
The biggest play of the game came with the Vikings facing a 4th-and-11 on their own 8-yard line with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter and the Bears leading 20-17. Cassel connected on a 20-yard pass to wide receiver Jerome Simpson to give the Vikings a first down on the game-tying drive.
It was the second consecutive overtime game against a division opponent for the Vikings; this time they finished with the win.
After a 7-6 halftime deficit, the Chicago Bears offense awakened in the second half. Quarterback Josh McCown connected twice with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for long touchdowns.
The first came on the second play of the half and covered 80 yards. The second came on a great catch, as Jeffrey leaped over cornerback Chris Cook to make the grab as he fell into the end zone.
The second only went for 46 yards.
Jeffery led the Bears with 12 catches for 249 yards and the two touchdowns. He broke the franchise single-game record for receiving yards, which he set earlier this season.
McCown finished 23-of-36 passing for 355 yards and the two touchdowns to Jeffery.
In a matchup of elite running backs, Matt Forte finished with 120 yards on 23 carries. He also had two receptions for 31 yards.
The loss was costly for the Bears, as it drops them to 6-6 and puts them a game behind the Detroit Lions.
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