The Bears stopped a streak of 90 minutes and 32 seconds by the Vikings without allowing a score, when Bryce Callahan returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown with 5:50 left in the second quarter.
When the playoffs start, the Vikings will be familiar with numerous teams they will likely face in two weeks, including Carolina, Los Angeles and New Orleans. They are the No. 2 seed in the conference for the first time since 2009. But replacing their head coach is a big first step.
"Yeah, I'd like to say no, but I think it's reality that it (can)", Thielen said.
"That week is going to be awesome". The team did have four 12-2 finishes during the old 14-game schedule.More news: Eagles stand behind Nick Foles after another lackluster game
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs grabs a touchdown in the third quarter to put the Vikings up 23-7. "It's not just us, it's the coaches". Inside the stadium it was nice and cozy, however, and the Vikings defense continued to bring plenty of heat.
"I've been on the bad end of it", Newman said of first-round byes.
The Vikings then turned to their elite defense and the unit deliver.
A week before their October 9 game in Chicago, the Minnesota Vikings fell to 2-2 with a 14-7 home loss to the Detroit Lions, losing rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL in the process.More news: Princesses Can't Act, Or Meghan Markle Would Be a Bond Girl
"Defensively we have a lot of good players", Zimmer said. The Vikings have beaten the Saints and Rams at home this season and lost to the Panthers by a touchdown on the road. Berger started all 16 games there for the Vikings during the 2015 season.
Quarterback Case Keenum will earn another $250,000 by starting Sunday, likely ensuring he'll play 85 percent or more of the Vikings snaps this season. "This place is crazy-hard for people to play". With the Patriots last season, Floyd said coach Bill Belichick gave his team only two days off during the bye. "It's not about individual stats, sacks or interceptions". Flea-flickers, double-reverses, halfback passes - the Bears can pretty much unload anything in their bag of tricks in the season finale. While the offense has been productive, the defense has led the charge for the Vikings.
Mitchell Trubisky finished his rookie season with a turnover-free game, completing 20 of 36 passes for 178 yards.
Keenum said 13-3 had "a nice ring to it". TE Kyle Rudolph, bothered by an ankle injury the past three weeks, wore a walking boot in the locker room after the game. The players now realize there is plenty at stake as they take aim at trying to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history.More news: Z and Beyoncé Share Their Star-Studded "Family Feud" Video
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