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The Gamble Pays Off

by mattnaimo | 2 weeks ago | 0 Comments |

The NFC North battle between the Vikings and Bears was sometimes ugly, sometimes beautiful, but hard fought the entire time.

The Bears escaped with a tough 20-17 win, and now have a 1 game lead in the division.  Despite 4 turnovers (2 being in the red zone), the defense made huge stops, and the offense made plays when they counted to get this win.

Despite a lot of good offensive numbers, the Viking defense really kept them in the game.  4 turnovers, tackles for loss often, and clamping down in the redzone had Chicago working hard to put points on the board.  After an 81 yard touch down gave Minnesota the lead, Chicago responded with a long TD drive to tie it up before the half.

The second half was more of the same.  Defensive stop after defensive stop.  This time, Chicago didn't get away from the run.  Although the ypc were down, the run game was able to keep the chains moving.  This was highlighted late in the 4th quarter.  The Bears got the ball after a punt with about 4 minutes left.  Cohen and Montgomery led the charge up close to mid field.  After a good play by the Vikings, it was 4th and 4.  Instead of punting, the Bears went for it and Anthony Miller had a huge catch to get them into field goal range.  The Bears eventually had to take a field goal, but this gave them a 20-17 lead.

Minnesota responded with 2 big plays back to back, to get themselves into FG range with a timeout in hand.  Cousins dropped back, but Danny Trevathan jumped the route and got the interception to seal the win.