Bennette end zone catch

Bears Squeak By Vikings With Exciting 31-30 Win

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.”

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What’s Next: 

The 2-0 Bears will practice and prepare for their first road game of the season when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (who play the Bengals tonight in MNF) for Sunday Night Football this Sunday at 7:30PM.

About the author: Ashley Sellers. Bears Correspondent. A native of the NW Chicago suburbs, Ashley is a devout Chicago sports fan with a particular love for the Sox, Bears and Blackhawks. A graduate of SIU-Carbondale with a BA Radio-Television and a MA in Public Relations/Advertising, Ashley is a communications professional who occassionally moonlights as a dance instructor.  She is also a member of a dance company in the suburbs and she collects teddy bears and donates them to the children’s floor in local area hospitals through her “Prayer Bears Care” initiative.  In addition to the ’05 World Series and the 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup championships, her favorite sports moment was “shooting the puck” at a Blackhawks game (she missed).

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  • Peter Kim

    Nice Post Ash! There was a definite 3rd quarter drag by the Bears O and some really dumb mistakes on their part (like that 12 men on the field call to give the Vikings that first down) but the excellent field position that Hester gave them really killed the Vikings chances. Good to see Hester re-focus on the things that make him a great specialist and have the opportunity to step back into the return role. I’m just waiting for the day he breaks Deion Sander’s Return record! I’m really seeing playoff potential this year and possibly more down the line.

    • Ashley

      Thanks PK! I’m glad to see you checked out the post!

      I agree with you about Hester – special teams is where he belongs!

      I don’t want to drink the Trestman kool-aid quite yet but I really feel as though he has been very forth-right with his expectations and you can visibly see changes with the offense. Should be a great season!!

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