The Vikings erased a 16-point Bears lead but RB Adrian Peterson’s fumble in overtime led to a 36-30 loss for the NFC North champs.
Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press thinks a third loss in four games is reason enough for Vikings fans to press the panic button.
Vikings G Anthony Herrera had a hard time blocking Bears DT Tommie Harris in the early parts of Monday night’s game.
K Ryan Longwell had a PAT blocked in the third quarter, a lost point that would come back to haunt the Vikings.
Said Vikings DE Jared Allen, “If I could cuss right now, I would. [This] sucked. We’re
playing bad right now. We’ve got to play better. Each man on this team
needs to go home and look himself in the mirror and figure out what we
want to be this year: An 11-5 team or a 12-4 team that makes noise in
the playoffs. That’s just the bottom line.”
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune writes that Monday’s victory was an illustration of the lost potential of the Bears 2009 season.
Bears CB Charles Tillman and WR Johnny Knox were carted off the field after suffering injuries during the second half.
Bears WR Devin Aromashodu ended the game with a 39-yard touchdown catch, the final flourish on a seven-catch, 150-yard night.
The Bears held the Vikings to 82 yards and four first downs in the first half.
Said coach Lovie Smith, “It was an opportunity to show what we can be in the future; it’s about
our future. That was enough. Guys know when everyone is watching; you
want to play your best. It was pride, too, for guys who wear the
Chicago Bears uniform. At times, we haven’t been pleased with our play
or the power of our play. But we’re moving on.”