Vikings Blow It In Windy City
CHICAGO, IL -- After a promising start, the Minnesota Vikings let the Chicago Bears come back to life in a 21-13 loss in Chicago.
The Vikings had a chance to win at Soldier Field for the first time since 2007 and effectively end the season for the Bears, who had given up 50-plus points in each of their previous two games.
The inability to extend drives on offense coupled with the inability to stop the Bears on third down ultimately doomed the Vikings.
Minnesota's offense struggled to get going throughout the game, but took a 10-0 lead after a 48-yard run by backup safety Andrew Sendejo on a fake punt gave the Vikings the ball at the Bear's seven yard line.
On the next play, rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater rolled right on a play action and hit tight end Rhett Ellison for the touchdown.
Chicago seemed to be on the edge of imploding, with penalties and miscommunications on offense led to a heavy chorus of boos from the home crowd.
In the second quarter, the Bears got hot.
Embattled Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler got the Bears back in the game by scrambling away from the Vikings' pass rush and throwing a perfectly-placed ball while on the run to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in the endzone to make the score 10-7.
With under three minutes remaining in the first half, Cutler threw a ball that traveled about 60 yards in the air that dropped into the arms of Chicago's other large receiver, Brandon Marshall, to give the Bears a 14-10 halftime lead.
Marshall would catch another touchdown from Cutler in the fourth quarter that extended Chicago's lead to 21-10.
Bridgewater and the Vikings offense looked for a third straight fourth quarter comeback, but their efforts fell short as Bears safety Ryan Mundy intercepted a deep pass in the endzone to ice the victory for Chicago.
With the loss, the Vikings drop to 4-6 on the season and will host the red-hot Green Bay Packers at TCF Bank Stadium next Sunday.