NFL Game Summary - Minnesota at Chicago|
(Sunday, September 15th)
Final Score: Chicago 31, Minnesota 30
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Martellus Bennett's touchdown catch with 10
seconds to play gave the Chicago Bears a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings
on a rainy day at Soldier Field.
Jay Cutler was picked off twice and lost a fumble, but finished the game 28-
for-39 with 290 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (2-0), who opened the
season with a three-point win over Cincinnati.
Bennett finished with seven catches for 76 yards, Brandon Marshall had seven
catches for 113 yards and a score, while Matt Forte had 90 yards on 19 carries
and 71 yards on 11 catches for Chicago, which has won seven of the last eight
games against Minnesota.
"I saw a lot of resiliency today out of this team," said Chicago head coach
Marc Trestman. "We had a heck of an opponent today and they gave it their all.
This was one of the tougher games I've ever had to coach."
Adrian Peterson rushed for 100 yards on 26 carries, while Christian Ponder
went 16-for-30 for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the
Vikings (0-2), who have lost two straight division games to open the
season after falling in Detroit last week.
"This was a very difficult loss because I thought our guys played extremely
hard," said Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier. "We just constantly battled
in a tough place to play on the road. I told the players and staff after the
game that I don't think I could have asked for better preparation and better
Chicago began the game-winning drive at its own 34 trailing by six with 3:15
On 3rd-and-4, Cutler got the ball to Marshall for a 12-yard gain, and the two
got together for a 10-yard catch on 3rd-and-1 to again move the chains. Facing
a 1st-and-20 after a holding call, Bennett caught a pass for 23 yards to get
the ball to the 16. After a spike and an incompletion, Cutler sent a pass to
the left and Bennett reached out for it before crossing the goal line inside
the left pylon. The extra-point was good and it was a 31-30 game with 10
A squib kick on the ensuing kickoff was fumbled by Minnesota, with Chicago
recovering and Cutler taking a knee to run out the clock.
It was special teams play that got this game started as Cordarrelle Patterson
took the opening kickoff five yards deep in his own end zone and brought the
ball out. Breaking it out to the right sideline, he got a few blocks and raced
into the end zone to give the Vikings a quick 7-0 lead.
Devin Hester nearly answered as he was one man away from breaking his own
return touchdown, but he was pushed out of bounds at the Minnesota 32.
Forte broke a 24-yard run around the right side, and Bennett caught a 1-yard
score along the left side to make it a 7-7 game less than three minutes in.
Late in the first quarter, the Bears got the ball back at their own 14 and
Cutler hit Bennett for 14 yards before Alshon Jeffery took a handoff 38 yards
to the Minnesota 34. The next play, Cutler tossed it down the right side and
hit Marshall in stride for a score and a 14-7 lead with 1:04 to play in the
In the second, Chicago was driving and had the ball at the Minnesota 31, but
Jared Allen sacked Cutler and stripped the ball out of the quarterback's
hands. Brian Robison picked the ball up and ran it in for a 61-yard score to
tie the game with 7:34 left.
Hester broke off another return on the ensuing kick as he was pushed out of
bounds at the Minnesota 23 for an 80-yard return.
Chicago got the ball down to the one on four straight runs, but Cutler's pass
on 1st-and-goal was tipped at the line and Kevin Williams came down with the
ball for a touchback.
The team wasn't able to take advantage, though, as Tim Jennings stepped in
front of a Ponder pass for an interception and took it home for a 44-yard
score and a 21-14 lead with 2:51 to play in the half.
Minnesota answered quickly as Peterson's 36-yard run set up a 20-yard
touchdown catch from Kyle Rudolph to tie the game with 1:11 left in the half.
Chicago, though, was able to get into scoring position thanks to a 31-yard
catch from Marshall, as that set up a 20-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to
end the half with Chicago holding a 24-21 lead.
Peterson had fumbled the ball on Minnesota's first possession of the third
quarter, but the team got the ball back at its own 9-yard line and went to
The first play saw Patterson catch a pass for 14 yards to give the team some
room. Peterson handled the ball on the next four plays for 18 yards, and
Ponder later threw a bomb to Jerome Simpson for 37 yards to set up a first
down at the Chicago 14. The drive stalled, though, and a 28-yard field goal
from Blair Walsh tied the game at 24-24 with 2:32 to play in the third.
After holding Chicago, Minnesota went on a 13-play, 79-yard drive that was
capped on a 28-yard field goal from Walsh for a 27-24 lead, and the team got
another 22-yard field goal from Walsh for a 30-24 advantage with 3:15 left.
Greg Jennings led Minnesota receivers with five catches for 84 yards ...
Chicago posted 411 yards, while Minnesota totaled 350 ... There were just
seven penalties in the game, four on Chicago ... Chicago plays in Pittsburgh
next Sunday ... Minnesota has its home opener next Sunday against Cleveland.
09/15 19:59:02 ET