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article imagePro Football: Bears Play Rude Hosts to Vikings

By Michael Bearak     Dec 29, 2009 in Sports
The Bears thwarted a Minnesota comeback to beat Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings on a cold Monday night in Chicago.
The Bears built an early lead on the visiting Vikings only to see Brett Favre and the Vikings mount a comeback from 16 down at half-time. Early in the second half the Bears extended that lead to 23-6 but couldn't hold on after that as the Vikings forced a tie game at 30 all with 0:39 left in regulation.
For the Bears it looked like another meltdown in frigid Soldiers Field as Brett Favre, the Bears longtime nemesis, had mounted another comeback and in sudden death might just spell doom for the Bears.
Overtime opened with Robbie Gould missing a long field goal try. Later on though it was the Bears' defense getting into the game Nick Roach scooped up an Adrian Peterson fumble for the Bears. Quarterback Jay Cutler who was 20 for 35 compiling 273 yards through the air and four touchdowns wasn't going to let his one earlier interception worry him. Cutler slung a deep ball to Devin Aromashodu for a 39 yard touchdown to win the game.
The victory was Minnesota's third in their last four games running their record to 11-4. The Bears, who are long out of the playoff hunt clawed out their sixth win of the season.
The interesting thing is next week the Vikings host the also slumping New York Giants at home. A loss puts them in a tie with the Green Bay Packers, assuming they beat the Arizona Cardinals in Phoenix. If the Vikings lose and the Packers win that would put both teams at 11-5 and possibly set-up a first round match-up the following week against the two teams in Minnesota. Although more than likely the Packers would play the Eagles in Philadelphia instead.
For the Bears it was nothing more than a pride-fight for them. In a season where fans have been calling for head coach Lovie Smith's head, this win surly has to make Bears fans a little happier. A win next week against at 2-13 Detroit will bring their record to a somewhat more respectable level. It might not be enough though to save Lovie Smith in the off-season.
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