Vikings Burst Past Bears

Minnesota secures 20-13 win and potential playoff spot
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2007 4:23 AM CST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger, front, spikes the ball after getting past Chicago Bears defenders Brandon McGowan, back left, and Nathan Vasher, back right, to score on a two-point conversion...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Vikings came back from 10 behind last night to lock up a 20-13 triumph over the Bears and tally their fifth consecutive victory. This improbable streak for Minnesota, nearly marred by quarterback Tavaris Jackson's four turnovers, places them in contention for the NFC wild-card slot. Adrian Peterson's resurgence in the second half made the difference, reports the Star Tribune.

Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher plagued Jackson, grabbing an interception and a fumble recovery and twice sacking the Minnesota quarterback. Jackson still managed a career-best 249 yards, despite leaving briefly with leg cramps; it was Brooks Bollinger who handed off the game-winning touchdown run to Peterson, and who ran in the two-point conversion that followed.