Bears Upset The Vikings in OT; Saints Clinch No. 1 Seed

Jim BobCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2009

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 28:  (C) Desmond Clark #88 of the Chicago Bears reacts after his two-yard touchdown catch with Kevin Shaffer #78 and Jason McKie #37 against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on December 28, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After scoring 17 points in the third quarter of Monday night's game to force an overtime against the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings couldn't stop the game winning scoring drive from the Bears as their NFC North rivals took the game by the final score of 36-30.

Minnesota capped off a 68-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown relay from QB Brett Favre to Sidney Rice with just 0:16 remaining on the game clock.

Jay Cutler threw a game winning, 69 yard pass to Devin Aromashodu after the Bears had gained possession after the Vikings's second fumble of the game out of the hands of Adrian Peterson just moments after he received a 16 yard pass from Favre with 9:32 to go in the first overtime period.

The loss by the Vikings means that the New Orleans Saints will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.  With Minnesota's record now at 11-4, that's puts them into a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles.  Since the Eagles hold the tie-breaker over Minnesota, the Vikings will need a win in Week 17 and a loss by the Eagles vs. Dallas in order to clinch a first-round bye.  Otherwise, the Vikings will host a first round playoff game during the Wild Card weekend.

Vikings RB Peterson was kept under a 100 yards yet again this season, finishing the night with 94 rushing yards on 24 carries.  However, Peterson did break the plane twice on the night.  Chestor Taylor, the Vikings's other key back, rushed the ball eight times for 29 yards.

For the passing game, the Vikings sent the ball through the air 40 times in the game for 321 yards.  The Bears made 35 attempts for 273 yards.

              -       1    -    2   -     3    -    4     -   OT   -    Final

Minnesota        0    -    0    -    13   -     7    -    0  -      30
Chicago           3    -    13   -     7     -   7  -      6   -     36

First Quarter

Bears: R.Gould 22 yd. Field Goal. 7:24

Second Quarter

Bears: R.Gould 42 yd. Field Goal. 13:23
Bears: G.Olsen 7 yd. pass from J.Cutler (R.Gould kick). 5:56
Bears: R.Gould 41 yd. Field Goal. 0:00

Third Quarter

Vikings: A.Peterson 1 yd. run (kick blocked). 8:17
Bears: D.Clark 2 yd. pass from J.Cutler (R.Gould kick). 6:30
Vikings: V.Shiancoe 6 yd. pass from B.Favre (R.Longwell kick). 1:18

Fourth Quarter

Vikings: R.Longwell 41 yd. Field Goal. 12:10
Vikings: A.Peterson 1 yd. run (R.Longwell kick). 5:49
Bears: E.Bennett 20 yd. pass from J.Cutler (R.Gould kick). 4:55
Vikings: S.Rice 6 yd. pass from B.Favre (R.Longwell kick). 0:16

Over Time: Fifth Quarter

Bears: D.Aromashodu 39 yd. pass from J.Cutler. 9:15

 

MinnChi
1st Downs2619
Passing 1st downs1714
Rushing 1st downs84
1st downs from Penalties11
3rd down efficiency5-145-14
4th down efficiency1-10-0
Total Plays7665
Total Yards423363
Passing300258
Comp-Att26-4020-35
Yards per pass7.57.4
Rushing123105
Rushing Attempts3328
Yards per rush3.73.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-42-3
Penalties4-473-31
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost20
Interceptions thrown01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession36:2529:20