Vikings End Difficult Season On a High Note Against Bears

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Vikings End Difficult Season On a High Note Against Bears

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Vikings End Difficult Season On a High Note Against Bears

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The Minnesota Vikings closed out the 2021 season with a 31-17 comeback win against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings end the year with an 8-9 record, while the Bears collapsed to 6-11.

The Vikings erased a 14-0 deficit in the second half and finished the game with a 14-point victory. The Vikings finished the season with a 2-0 record against the Bears. The last time the Vikings swept the Bears in a season was in 2017.

Bears kicker Cairo Santos nailed a pair of field goals in the first two quarters, which gave the Bears a 6-0 lead. With 31 seconds left in the second quarter, Bears running back Damien Williams caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton and the Bears were on top 14-0. Vikings kicker Greg Joseph put his team on the board as time expired before halftime with a 39-yard field goal. The Bears led the Vikings, 14-3, at the half.

The Vikings began the second half with a bang when Ihmir Smith-Marsette received a 44-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins at the 12:24 mark in the third quarter. The Vikings trailed by four points, 14-10.

Santos brought the Bears’ lead back to a touchdown, 17-10, with 1:37 remaining in the third quarter. Justin Jefferson made his presence known with 13:35 to go in the game when he grabbed a 45-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 17. Vikings receiver K.J. Osborn put the Vikings ahead by seven points, 24-17, with 8:04 left in the fourth quarter. This was the start of a dominant fourth quarter for the Vikings.

Vikings defensive back Patrick Peterson put a cap on the victory with a 66-yard pick-six, and the Vikings extended their lead to 31-17 with 4:54 left in the contest. That turned out to be the knockout blow for the Vikings and they held on to win their eighth game of the season.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy will probably not return to the team in 2022. This was likely his last game coaching the Bears.

The Vikings did not want their season to end on Sunday, but at least it finished on a good note. Their future is in question with head coach Mike Zimmer likely out of his job. Cousins is under contract with the team for one more season. There is a possibility that Cousins could be on his way out of Minnesota in the off-season.

Despite the difficult season, there are some bright spots with the Vikings. Jefferson and Dalvin Cook are stars and will be the future of this team on offense. If the Vikings part ways with Zimmer, they need a head coach who can win right away because the roster is still full of talent.

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