Bears drop finale as Vikings secure first-round bye

Hope Soto
January 1, 2018

The Vikings can scout the Bears all they want, but there's not doubt the Bears have a few plays that aren't on tape. The Vikings increased their lead to 16-7 when Mitchell Trubisky was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone while under heavy pressure from defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

By the time the Vikings play in their first playoff game, they will be well-rested, well-positioned and perhaps a little anxious about how their offense will function if they fall behind or have to win a high-scoring game. Fox entered Sunday's game with a 14-33 record as head coach of the Bears.

The Bears are 5-10 entering Sunday's contest against the Vikings and are last in the NFC North. Flea-flickers, double-reverses, halfback passes - the Bears can pretty much unload anything in their bag of tricks in the season finale.

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The Vikings' defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in two games - the Bears' only touchdown came on a misdirection punt return. He leaped to his feet and veered left past the confused Vikings and untouched for the score.

Line shuffle: Vikings quarterback Case Keenum took his share of hits and never quite found the rhythm in the passing attack he was able to establish in most of his starts this season, behind an offensive line that has shown some wear down the stretch as the injury list has increased. Joe Berger will move over to center from right guard and Jeremiah Sirles will replace Easton, who is out of the season.

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