Bears Drop Season Finale vs. Vikings

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The Vikings surrendered a season-low 3.8 yards per play.

The Bears are in the midst of an old-school butt whooping in Week 17 at the hands of the Vikings defense.

The Vikings had fallen to 2-2 at the quarter point of the season, stinging from a 14-7 defeat at home by Detroit made possible by three lost fumbles and made worse by the season-ending ACL tear to running back Dalvin Cook's knee suffered that afternoon.

The Bears stopped a streak of 90 minutes and 32 seconds by the Vikings without allowing a score, when Bryce Callahan returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown with 5:50 left in the second quarter.

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.

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The Vikings have clinched a bye in the first round of the playoffs heading into the new year. Bradford was sacked four times, and the Vikings totaled 34 yards on six possessions while he was in the game. Center Pat Elflein will not play, forcing Joe Berger to move from right guard to center. He had one reception for 1 yard in the game. On Sunday, Chicago converted just once on 12 tries on third down. Fox entered Sunday's game with a 14-33 record as head coach of the Bears.

The Vikings weren't exactly spectacular, but a win is a win. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-10.

Minnesota's starting offensive linemen were together for roughly 12 minutes in Week 16 for the first time since October 9.

As they gear up for the playoffs, the Vikings will look back on everything they accomplished this season despite rough circumstances after losing Sam Bradford in Week 1 and Dalvin Cook three games later.

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