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Fourth Quarter:

Bears hold on to win

(2:53pm) - With the Bears failing to capitalize on their final drive, the Vikings got the ball at their own 34 with 2:03 remaining in the game. On the first play of the drive, Willie Young recorded his eighth sack of the season. Bridgewater bounced back to complete passes of 21 and 14 yards on the next two plays. With under a minute to play, the Vikings QB took a shot at the end zone and the pass was intercepted by Ryan Mundy to seal the victory for the Bears.

Vikes close to within eight

(2:44pm) - Blair Walsh's 26-yard field goal drew the Vikings to within 21-13 with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter. The kick capped a nine-play, 52-yard drive and came after the Bears forced Teddy Bridgewater incompletions on back-to-back plays from the 8.

Bears increase lead

(2:32pm) - Jay Cutler's 4-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall gave the Bears a 21-10 lead with 8:51 left in the fourth quarter. The TD capped a 16-play, 72-yard drive that burned 7:35 off the clock.

The Bears have outgained the Vikings 453-144.

Third Quarter:

Bears maintain 14-10 lead

(2:14pm) - The Vikings had a golden opportunity to take the lead or at least close the gap when safety Harrison Smith intercepted a Jay Cutler pass and returned it 52 yards to the Chicago 27.

But the Bears did not allow a first down and Blair Walsh pushed a 38-yard field goal attempt wide right with 1:26 left in the third quarter.

Cutler's interception came when he unloaded over the middle to avoid a sack by defensive tackle Tom Johnson. The ball was in the vicinity of tight end Martellus Bennett.

Bears turn ball over on downs

(1:54pm) - The Bears opened the second half by marching from their own 17 to the Minnesota 1. But on fourth-and-goal, Jay Cutler tried to run a sweep to the left and was tackled for no gain inside the 1.

The key play on the drive was a 34-yard reception by Alshon Jeffery, who leaped high over cornerback Josh Robinson to snare the pass.

Second Quarter:

Bears take first lead*

(1:15pm) - Jay Cutler heaved a 44-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, who outleaped cornerback Josh Robinson in the end zone to give the Bears a 14-10 lead with 2:49 left in the first half.

It's the first time the Bears have had a lead since they beat the Falcons Oct. 12, ending a streak of 207 minutes 11 seconds.

Bears climb to within 10-7

(12:50pm) - The Bears cut the deficit to 10-7 on Jay Cutler's 27-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery with 13:06 left in the second quarter. The TD capped a 10-play, 81-yard drive.

Cutler rolled to his right and rifled the ball to Jeffery in the end zone.

First Quarter:

Vikings go up by 10

(12:40pm) - The Vikings took a 10-0 lead on Teddy Bridgewater's 7-yard touchdown pass to wide open tight end Rhett Ellison with 3:16 left in the first quarter.

The score came one play after Andrew Sendejo raced 48 yards on a fake punt. On fourth-and-two from the Minnesota 45, the up back caught the snap and handed the ball off to Sendejo, who was lined up on the right wing. Sendejo ran to his left and dashed up the sideline.

The Bears have now been outscored 104-7 in the first half in their last three games.

Gould misses from 47

(12:33pm) - The Bears' first possession ended with Robbie Gould missing a 47-yard field goal attempt wide right with 6:02 left in the first quarter.

The Bears drew three penalties on the drive: five yards for an illegal formation, five yards for a false start on Kyle Long and 15 yards on Jay Cutler for unsportsmanlike conduct apparently for arguing with the officials.

The Bears had Cutler throw nine passes on the possession, while Kyle Long had one carry.

Vikings take 3-0 lead

(12:15pm) - Blair Walsh's 50-yard field goal on the game's opening possession gave the Vikings a 3-0 lead with 11:21 left in the first quarter. The Bears have now been outscored 34-0 in the first quarter in their last five games.

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