Minnesota Vikings triumph over Chicago Bears in overtime, 23-20

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Updated: December 1, 2013
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had twelve catches-including this spectacular touchdown-for a franchise-record 249 yards, but the Chicago Bears still lost 23-20 to the Minnesota Vikings.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had twelve catches-including this spectacular touchdown-for a franchise-record 249 yards, but the Chicago Bears still lost 23-20 to the Minnesota Vikings.

Recap

The Chicago Bears wasted a strong defensive first half by failing to capitalize on their offensive opportunities, entering halftime down 7-6 despite dominating most of the first thirty minutes.

Two third-quarter Alshon Jeffery touchdowns put the Chicago Bears up 20-10, but their defense was unable to stop Minnesota after backup quarterback Matt Cassel entered the game in place of the injured Christian Ponder, and the Vikings forced overtime after a late field goal tied the game at twenty.

Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh appeared to win the game in overtime, but a facemask penalty turned his 42-yard field goal into a 57-yard attempt, which he missed.  Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould then whiffed on a 47-yard attempt, and Blair Walsh won the game with a 34-yard kick.

Studs

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had a monster day for the Chicago Bears; he caught twelve of his fifteen targets for 249 yards and two touchdowns.  The 249 yards set a new franchise record, topping the 218 he had against New Orleans earlier this year.

Running back Matt Forte also had a good day, carrying the ball 23 times for 120 yards and adding two catches for 31 yards.

Defensive end Julius Peppers had an excellent game, recording eight tackles and 2.5 sacks and batting several balls down at the line of scrimmage.

Duds

The Chicago Bears run defense struggled mightily once again, giving up 246 rushing yards (at 6.2 yards per carry) and a touchdown.  The return of defensive tackles Stephen Paea and Jay Ratliff helped early on, but Minnesota got their ground game going in the second quarter and never looked back.  The defense was clearly gassed late in the game, as they simply could not stop Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson in overtime.

Quarterback Josh McCown had solid overall numbers (23 for 36 for 355 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions), but he did not have a good day.  He missed on several throws, had one interception dropped, and another called back by a penalty.  He also was indecisive with the football, particularly late in the game, which led to many of the four sacks he took.

Even worse, McCown had what could have been the game-losing turnover when he foolishly tried to get a pass away instead of take a sack and losing one yard, resulting in offensive lineman Kyle Long catching a deflection and then losing a fumble.  Minnesota got the ball in scoring range, but failed to capitalize after linebacker Khaseem Greene was gifted with an interception off a dropped Minnesota pass.

Injuries

Cornerback Zach Bowman left the game briefly in the first half and was able to return, but he was not out there on the last drive of overtime.  Tight end Martellus Bennett suffered a lower leg injury in the first half but was able to return and finish the game.

What’s next

This was a tough loss for the Chicago Bears.  They fall to 6-6 and now sit two games back of Detroit (when you factor in the tiebreaker) with only four games to go.  Consequently, they are most likely out of playoff contention.

They really missed quarterback Jay Cutler in this game, as well as injured linebacker Lance Briggs.  Both are expected to return next week when the Chicago Bears host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, but it appears to be too little, too late.

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2120 comments
Tearloch
Tearloch

Any one else pissed that Trestman settled for a 47 yard field goal attempt on 2nd down in OT yesterday?  WTF!!!!!!

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

Josh Gordon went for 261 on the Jags. It was the Jags though, so Its not overly impressive.

andylet445
andylet445

i think the punishment for tomlin should be a six figure fine for him and an entire forfeiture of draft picks for the steelers.  

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

Assuming the season is decided with 4 games left, is foolish. If Rodgers comes back, GB could easily win out. Maybe you all have faith in Detroit not to fuck it up. 

I have zero faith in the Lions.

Fire Schwartz and Linehan
Fire Schwartz and Linehan

Watching all these black friday fight videos makes me sick.

There should really be a limit on the amount of people in stores. People act like fucking animals just so they can save a few hundred bucks on a television. 

Idiots. All of them.

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

So, Packers trade 3 backup QB's to anyone for a mid-round pick, which they'll use on a more promising backup QB development prospect? :-P

(Nah, I actually like what I saw from Tolzien. Hope he develops decently from here, and doesn't go the way of Brohm or similar.)

Tearloch
Tearloch

Stafford's Glove - so how many people here (besides me) said last week that AP would put up 200 yards on the ground this weekend?  I am sure quite a few.

How many people thought that Alshon would put up almost 250?  And have one of the best TD catches in the NFL all season long?

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

So Chi fans the question begins - Resign Cutler or go another way?  or McCown?

andylet445
andylet445

I'm still upset that yesterday's game didn't end in a tie.  

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

 I really dont know why he didnt run just 1 more play. They were moving the ball pretty well on the ground on that drive...

Fire Schwartz and Linehan
Fire Schwartz and Linehan

 taking away draft picks seems a bit extreme. I realize you are making a funny but the fact that the NFL is actually considering taking away a draft pick is lame imo.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

  

I think he should get an Oscar for his acting.

andylet445
andylet445

 but i don't fucking want to win this division.  do you?  just going to get fucking schooled int the playoffs anyway.  let's just concede to the lions and let them be made the fool.  

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

 You wouldnt be saying that if you got a sick sodastream like I did for crazy cheap. All I had to do was stab a guy for it

Tearloch
Tearloch

The people that run out on Black Fridays are the same people that will be out looting stores in the event of a catastrophy.

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

I agree, but if TT can find someone in the draft he should take him

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

It's retarded to say that what AP did was run of the mill or unimpressive. Alshon had an amazing game yesterday too. I don't think it's fair to take anything away from either one of them

Tearloch
Tearloch

As we have said many times before, you can't walk away from Cutler without a replacement.  McCown is not the answer, although I hope they keep him as the backup.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 

There is no question there. 

andylet445
andylet445

 mccown is old and not the answer.  but i don't think cutler is the answer either.  if they draft someone they need to give him time to develop.  i would say keep either cutler or mccown and draft your future.  

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

  

I would have been good with a tie.

andylet445
andylet445

  the team needs to be punished though too.  when something like this happens it puts players and games at risk.  had the steelers won after that do you think a 100k fine would make up for the extra win?

vanderheap19
vanderheap19

  That too. I'd say I wouldn't expect it until a late round, but not sure with TT's philosophy of 'best player available'.

Tearloch
Tearloch

I didn't say it was run of the mill, just said I am not overly impressed.  AP did what most expected him to do, especially against the worst run D in the NFL.

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

  Flynn may be available after this year

andylet445
andylet445

  i called a 23-23 tie i believe too.  so i would have gotten major props on CYST.  but fucking vikings always have to let me down.  

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

   

So he could have prevented Alshon from getting his last 34 yards. Got it.

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

  Yup. And he is probably their best corner, so that tells you what he was up against

Tearloch
Tearloch

You mean the ejection that occurred after Alshon just caught a TD in front of his face and already put up 215 yards?  That ejection?

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

  Ok, well MN has one of the worst pass Ds in the league, and then lost a CB due to ejection, so I guess im not surprised a WR went for a huge game against them. 

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

   MM just needs a swift kick in the ASS, and play calling taken away from him

andylet445
andylet445

  i wouldn't mind seeing MM go too.  the lions game was a direct reflection on MM.  

TheHairy1
TheHairy1

  TT is safe, can't deny that was a screw-up - the people that will lose their jobs are coaches - I'm hoping OC and DC

Tearloch
Tearloch

I think TT will camp in his yard to get him to come back.  Seasons like this are the ones that get GMs fired, and TT knows it.  He royally screwed the pooch on the backup QB this season.

Fire Schwartz and Linehan
Fire Schwartz and Linehan

   i see what you did there. "fans"..."blowing"..

Cuz that's what fans do, they blow and create wind. 

+1

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

    

Nope. They'll sign Cutler, and keep McCown as a backup. The media, and fans are blowing this out of proportion.