Despite many mistakes against the Bears, the Vikings squeeze out a victory, 19-13
Minnesota- The Vikings pulled out a victory against Chicago, despite mistakes.
The Vikings struck gold first with a touchdown in the first quarter, but after the touchdown, Minnesota's offense sputtered. Kirk Cousins did not look like "Captain Kirk", but more like a quarterback that was impatient.
In the first half, Cousins had 142 yards through the air, but struggled to get his team in the redzone. With under two minutes left in the half, Cousins threw a costly pick that turned into points for the Chicago Bears. Lucky, the Vikings' defense bailed out the offense and held Chicago to a pair of field goals. At the end of the half, Minnesota was clinging onto a one point lead, 7-6.
At the start of the second half, the Vikings let Cordarrelle Patterson take a 104-yard kick return to the house to trail for the first time of the night, 13-7. After the Bears turned the ball over with a muffed punt, Minnesota got the break they needed. Four plays later, the Vikings kicked a field goal to cut Chicago's lead to three, 13-10. Chicago tied the game up with a field goal late into the third quarter, 13-13.
The Vikings got a productive drive going at the start of the fourth quarter and finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown catch by Adam Thielen. Minnesota could not get the ball down for the PAT and the Vikings walked away with a six-point lead, 19-13.
With under three minutes left in regulation, the Vikings' defense came up big. On a fourth and short, the Vikings put just enough pressure on Nick Foles to overthrow his wide receiver. After the turnover on downs, Minnesota ran out the clock and get the victory they needed to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.
Cousins finished with 292 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.
Dalvin Cook had 30 touches for 96 yards.
Justin Jefferson finished with 8 receptions for 135 yards.