It was a nail-biter NFC showdown at a soggy Soldier Field on Sunday when the Bears pulled out a clutch victory in the last 10 seconds of the game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings. It was the Bears second win at home and their second come from behind win led by Jay Cutler and the offense.
If for some reason you missed all the action (although all fans watching the telecast on FOX did miss several minutes from the 2nd quarter – due to technical difficulties – thanks FOX) then read on to find out what exactly you missed before heading into the office.
What You Need to Know:
- Momentum Shifts: The Vikings were off to a hot start with a touchdown return in the opening play of the game, advice but the momentum shifted in the Bears favor by the end of the first half. By the third quarter, it appeared that the Vikings may pull out a victory – but Cutler saved the day in the final minutes of the game.
- Jay Cutty is my Buddy: Good ‘ole Jay is really playing up his franchise quarterback status. He’s remaining cool, calm and collected on the field and his o-line is giving him a few extra seconds to make the passing game work. Cutty completed 28 of 39 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions and was only sacked once.
- Trifecta Bromance: While the Cutler-Marshall relationship will always be seen on the field, it’s evident that TE Marshall Bennett will also be a crucial role to scoring and has become one of Cutler’s new favorite targets. Bennett had another huge game with 76 yards receiving and two touchdowns, his last being the go-ahead TD for the win. Marshall had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Let’s not forget our favorite RB, Matt Forte – he also chipped in with an additional 90 yards rushing. Talk about an impressive offensive!
- Run Hester Run: Nothing makes me happier than kick returner Devin Hester’s energy and enthusiasm out on the field yesterday. He returned five kickoffs for a new Bears record of 249 yards — 2 of the returns were for for 76 and 80 yards respectively. Hester is giving me flashbacks to a particular 2006-2007 season and I like it.
- D-D-D-Defense: The most notable play for the defense was the interception Tim Jennings ran for a TD in the 2nd quarter shifting the momentum back to the Bears favor.
- Big Finish: Cutler’s final throw of the game was in zone coverage with Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook defending Marshall Bennett. Bennett managed to catch Cutty’s attention by cutting inside for a final pass in the end zone solidifying a Bear victory by 1 with seconds left in the game!
Your Take Away Piece:
“While there were some poor plays and some impressive running by the best RB in the league, Adrian Peterson, the Bears yet again proved they can remain calm and collect themselves when it really counts. The Bears don’t even seem to break a sweat when the pressure is on, which is unusual for Bears fans to watch – however, this is also very exciting. I don’t want to get ahead of myself here but if the offense continues to improve, Chicago won’t have to rest on their laurels of being solely a defensive team anymore.”