Week 17 Ups and Downs: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears
Jan 01 2018
The Vikings, who took a shutout into the fourth quarter two weeks ago against the Bengals and blanked the Packers at Lambeau Field on December 23, might have taken another zero into the fourth quarter if not for the Bears' second TD off punt-team trickery against the Vikings this season.
Vikings running back Latavius Murray had a pair of touchdowns, while quarterback Case Keenum was 21 of 29 for 189 yards and one touchdown. Chicago's top-10 run game was stoned, managing just 30 yards on 15 carries.
The Vikings got two more points before halftime, pressuring Trubisky in the end zone and forcing the rookie quarterback to throw the ball away. The Vikings increased their lead to 16-7 when Mitchell Trubisky was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone while under heavy pressure from defensive tackle Linval Joseph. Adam Thielen had six catches for 61 yards and finished with 91 receptions for 1,276 yards for the season, finishing seventh and ninth in team history.
Bryce Callahan was called for two pass interference penalties in the first half for 27 and 24 yards. Chicago's offense finally scored with 8:22 to play via a 55-yard Mike Nugent field goal. A win in Minnesota would match the record he posted in his first year in charge with the Bears, which isn't the progress Fox has argued the team has made. Despite the minus-11 temperature outside at the start of the game, all fans were required to open their coats for inspection. Then, with just over two minutes to play, the Vikings mustered a goal line stand, stopping Trubisky's fourth-down pitch to Cohen at the 1-yard line. Chicago was without regular offensive linemen Bobby Massie and Josh Sitton.
Vikings: FB C.J. Ham hurt his neck and was ruled out early in the third quarter.