Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction DEC 20TH 2020

Complete TV: FOX U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis
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David Montgomery rushed for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns and Mitchell Trubisky had a passing touchdown and 236 yards of offense as the visiting Chicago Bears kept their NFC playoff hopes alive with a 33-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings 33-27 on Sunday afternoon.

Chicago (7-7) won for the second straight week on the heels of a six-game skid to pull within one half-game of the Arizona Cardinals for the final NFC wild card spot. The Vikings, who rallied after starting the season 1-5, fell to 6-8 as their playoff aspirations took a sizable hit with two weeks left in the regular season.

Minnesota, trailing 30-27, had an opportunity to capitalize on Cameron Dantzler's interception of Trubisky in the end zone with 2:57 to go but turned the ball over on downs.

Bears kicker Cairo Santos closed the scoring with his fourth field goal of the afternoon, a 42-yarder with 56 seconds to play.

The Vikings drove to the Bears' 33-yard line in the closing seconds, but Kirk Cousins' Hail Mary in the end zone was tipped and intercepted by Sherrick McManus as time expired.

The Bears scored on six straight possessions before the Trubisky interception -- excluding a kneel-down to end the first half -- and took a 30-20 lead with 13:38 remaining on a 48-yard Santos field goal.

A 20-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Tyler Conklin brought Minnesota to within 30-27 with 8:05 to go.

Trubisky was 15-for-21 passing for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also had eight carries for 34 yards. Allen Robinson finished with four catches for 83 yards.

Cousins was 24-for-35 for 271 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota. Dalvin Cook had 24 rushes for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Justin Jefferson finished with eight receptions for 104 yards. Along the way, he snagged his 70th catch of the season to surpass Randy Moss' previous franchise single-season rookie record.

Cook rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries before halftime, gaining the most yards on the ground against the Bears in any half this season. Still, one yard he didn't make late in the second quarter proved pivotal.

With the Vikings trailing 17-7 with 5:52 to go before halftime, Minnesota tried running Cook up the middle on 4th-and-1 from its own 34-yard line. The Bears stopped him for no gain and capitalized with a 35-yard Santos field goal with 3:34 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota answered with a 24-yard Dan Bailey field goal with 26 seconds to go before halftime as the Bears took a 20-10 lead into intermission. Bailey overcame recent struggles to convert each of his two field goal attempts and all three extra points.

--Field Level Media

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Recap DEC 20TH 2020

Eddy Pineiro drilled a 22-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Chicago Bears to a 21-19 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the regular-season finale on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Pineiro, who made field-goal attempts of 26, 33 and 34 yards in the first half, was given his fourth opportunity after Mitchell Trubisky connected with Riley Ridley on a 32-yard reception on a fourth-and-9 play earlier in the drive.

The Vikings (10-6), who were locked into the NFC's sixth seed for the playoffs, elected to make six starters inactive and essentially rested quarterback Kirk Cousins, running backs Dalvin Cook and rookie Alexander Mattison, wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr. Minnesota will learn its first-round opponent later on Sunday.

Trubisky completed 26 of 37 passes for 207 yards, and rookie David Montgomery finished with 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Bears (8-8), who snapped a two-game skid and swept the Vikings for the second straight season.

Montgomery's determined effort provided Chicago's lone touchdown of the game on the first drive of the third quarter. The rookie bulled his way up the middle and kept his legs churning before receiving a sustained push from his teammates to find the end zone from 14 yards out and give the Bears an 18-6 lead.

Mike Boone, who rushed for 126 of his career-high 148 yards in the first half, trimmed the Vikings' deficit to 18-13 with a 1-yard run over right tackle early in the fourth quarter.

Dan Bailey kicked a 39-yard field goal with just under nine minutes remaining, and followed defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo's fumble recovery with a 34-yard kick with 4:53 left to give Minnesota a 19-18 lead.

Boone bolted out of the blocks with a 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage before fumbling a pitch from quarterback Sean Mannion on the next play.

Pineiro capped a 12-play drive with his first kick, and the Bears doubled the advantage shortly after linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis' interception set up a 33-yard boot.

Minnesota halved the deficit early in the second quarter after completing 14-play drive with Bailey's 37-yard field goal.

A 57-yard punt from Pat O'Donnell backed the Vikings to their 1-yard line, and linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski wrapped up Boone in the end zone for safety. The Bears moved the ball again before settling for Pineiro's 34-yard field goal, but Bailey connected from 38 yards out to shave Minnesota's deficit to 11-6 at halftime.

--Field Level Media