The Minnesota Vikings nearly had another tie, but Adrian Peterson led the team to a thrilling overtime victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Blair Walsh nailed a chip shot field goal to give the Vikings a 23-20 win.
The Bears failed to do anything on their first overtime drive, giving the Vikings a chance to win with a field goal. Peterson took the ball down to the Bears' 32-yard line, and was tackled by the horse collar, a crucial penalty that worked in Minnesota's favor.
Blair Walsh came out for a 39-yard field goal that's normally automatic for him, but his first attempt was thwarted by a 15-yard facemask penalty by the Vikings. Since it was third down, the Vikings sent the offense back on the field for one play. Peterson ended up losing yardage, setting up a 57-yard attempt. Walsh shanked it, and the teams played on. The Bears drove back down to field goal range, but Robbie Gould missed a 47-yarder with 4:12 left.
It looked like the Vikings were going to get a tie in back-to-back weeks, but Peterson showed up big in this critical moment. Peterson was a man possessed on Minnesota's next drive, single-handedly moving the Vikings back down to field goal range. This time, Walsh nailed the field goal, with no penalties or icing timeouts, giving Minnesota the wild upset win.
As for regulation play, things were quiet for most of the first half, with neither team crossing midfield until late in the first quarter. The Vikings took the lead with an electric 33-yard touchdown run by Cordarrelle Patterson that put Minnesota up, 7-3. Christian Ponder suffered a possible concussion at the end of the first half and was ruled out of the game. Matt Cassel came in to finish the game with the Vikings leading, 7-6.
The Bears came alive in the third quarter, led by Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery gave Chicago the lead with a monster 80-yard touchdown, and came back again for a his second score, a beautiful grab in the end zone with Chris Cook draped over him. After the play, Cook was ejected for making contact with an official.
The Vikings tried getting back into it in the fourth quarter down 20-10, and Cassel found Greg Jennings in the end zone to cut the deficit to three points.
The Vikings drove down to the goal line looking to take the lead, but things changed on a dime. Cassel threw a pass to a Vikings receiver in the endzone, but it bounced off his hands and into the hands of Khaseem Greene, who returned it all the way to midfield. The Vikings did get the ball back with less than two minutes left, and Cassel drove all the way down to the red zone. Blair Walsh hit a chip shot field goal to send the game to overtime.
The Vikings' playoff hopes are over, but they got to play big spoilers here. Chicago drops to 6-6 and fails to keep pace with the Lions, who won on Thanksgiving.
Fantasy studs and duds
Adrian Peterson, as expected, feasted on the Bears' league-worst run defense, racking up 211 yards on 35 carries. He was a critical player in overtime, ripping off grown-man runs and helping the Vikings set up an easy field goal.
Alshon Jeffery continued his coming out party, breaking his own franchise record for most receiving yards in a game and becoming the first Bear to have multiple games with 200-plus receiving yards in one season. He finished with 12 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
Ponder left the game in the second quarter with a concussion and did not return.
Did they cover?
The Vikings were favored by one point, according to OddsShark. They managed to cover by winning.
Minnesota at Baltimore, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. Dallas, Dec. 9, 8:40 p.m. ET