Whew. A game that both the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears had a chance to win in overtime, finally came to an end on kicker Blair Walsh's second attempt in the extra period. His 34-yard field goal came on the heels of a 47-yard miss by Bears' kicker Robbie Gould that would have given Chicago the win.
Gould, who came into the game converting 19-of-20 field goal attempts, missed two of them Sunday against the Vikings. The first was a 66-yard attempt as regulation expired, the second came on the Bears' second possession of overtime.
Walsh thought he had won the game on the Vikings' first possession of overtime when he converted a 39-yard attempt. A face mask penalty negated the field goal and pushed the attempt back by 15 yards. Following a loss of three yards by Adrian Peterson, Walsh missed a 57-yard attempt.
It was the second consecutive week that Minnesota had to go into overtime against a division opponent. This time they figured it out, and came up with a win.
The loss drops Chicago to 6-6 on the season, putting them a game behind the Detroit Lions. The win gives the Vikings a bit of retribution over the Bears for their last-minute loss on the road in Chicago in Week 2.
It's only the third win of the season for the Vikings and, along with the tie last week in Green Bay, assures that the Vikings will not match the franchise record for losses in a season. In 2011, they tied that mark going 3-13.
Here are some takeaways from the Vikings win over the Bears.