Backup quarterback Chase Daniel and an inspired, injury-depleted defense led the Bears to a 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Soldier Field.
Their third-straight win catapulted the Bears (3-1) into a first-place tie with the Packers (3-1) in the NFC North.
The Bears entered Sunday’s NFC North clash against the Vikings without five starters—and then sustained another key loss on the game’s first possession.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky sustained a left-shoulder injury while being sacked by defensive end Danielle Hunter with 11:54 left in the first quarter. Trubisky was replaced by Daniel and did not return.
Trubisky fumbled on the sack and the Vikings recovered. But a defensive holding penalty nullified the play and gave the Bears a first down.
Daniel stepped in and eventually capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tarik Cohen, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead.
Daniel completed 4-of-5 passes for 52 yards on the 14-play, 75-yard drive, including a 25-yarder to Allen Robinson II to the Vikings’ 5.
After the teams traded punts, the Vikings marched from their own 5 to the Bears’ 44 before Prince Amukamara stripped the ball from Stefon Diggs after a 10-yard reception and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recovered at the 20.
The play was originally ruled an incomplete pass, but coach Matt Nagy challenged the call and it was reversed after a replay review.
The Bears converted the turnover into points, extending their lead to 10-0 on Eddy Piñeiro's 25-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
The kick capped a 16-play, 75-yard drive that was sustained Daniel passes of 10 yards to David Montgomery on third-and-nine, five yards to Anthony Miller on fourth-and-three and 11 yards to Trey Burton on third-and-nine.
After the Bears defense recorded its second straight three-and-out, Daniel’s 37-yard pass to Javon Wims set up Pineiro’s third field goal of the game without a miss, a 30-yarder, widening the margin to 16-0 late in the third quarter.
The Vikings closed the gap to 16-6 on Dalvin Cook’s 2-yard TD run with 2:58 left. But Amukamara read a receiver screen on the two-point conversion, tackling Diggs immediately, preserving the Bears’ two-score lead.
See the game unfold through the lenses of our sideline photographers as the Bears face off against the Minnesota Vikings in Chicago.