Late Mitch Trubisky INT sets up Vikings game-winning field goal in 20-17 win over Bears

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The Minnesota Vikings converted a Mitch Trubisky interception into a 26-yard Kai Forbath field goal with 12 seconds remaining to grab a 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

Making his first career start for Chicago, Trubisky led a game-tying drive early in the fourth quarter to knot the game at 17-17. But backed up at their own 10-yard line, Trubisky tried to sneak a pass in to tight end Zach Miller up the right sideline that was undercut by Vikings safety Harrison Smith. The interception gave Minnesota possession at the Chicago 28-yard line and led to the game-winning kick from Forbath in the closing seconds.

Trubisky finished his first career start with 128 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Sam Bradford started the game at quarterback for the Vikings but was unable to physically play the position at an adequate level due to the bone bruise that had forced him to miss the prior three games. Bradford was replaced by Case Keenum shortly before halftime as Bradford completed just 5 of 11 passes for 36 yards.

Bradford was sacked for a safety to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead. Forbath would convert a 26-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 3-2 halftime lead.

Keenum would connect with Kyle Rudolph for a 13-yard touchdown to Minnesota’s first drive of the second half to take a 10-2 lead. The Bears would answer when a fake punt resulted in punter Pat O'Donnell completing a 38-yard touchdown pass to Benny Cunningham to close the deficit to 10-9.

Jerrick McKinnon broke free for a 58-yard touchdown amid a swath of injuries at linebacker for the Bears to re-take the lead with 3:31 left in the third quarter. McKinnon finished the game with 95 yards on 16 carries for the Vikings.

The Bears rallied to tie the game as Trubisky led the Bears on a 79-yard drive that culminated with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Miller. Chicago converted the two-point conversion on a nifty play that saw Trubisky hand off to Jordan Howard, who handed the ball to Miller, who then pitched the ball back to Trubisky for the score.

Keenum completed 17 of 21 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in his half of work at quarterback for Minnesota.

81 responses to “Late Mitch Trubisky INT sets up Vikings game-winning field goal in 20-17 win over Bears

  1. I wish my Packers would earn their wins like the Vikings. It’s too bad we don’t have a defense like the Vikings, but we do have Aaron. Lots of Aaron.

  2. Back up QB. Back up RB. Injured #1 receiver.

    Best defense in the league comes thru.

    And that’s why they’re in a class of their own in the North.

  3. Had one good bootleg and then a TD that should’ve been an INT. With that being said though, he’s literally throwing to nobody against a top 5 defense. I expected much worse, despite the fact that he didn’t really do anything.

  4. A win is a win. That bad call early in the game cost Howard a long TD run. If the Bears had been up 9-0 with that run, the game would’ve likely have been all over.

    Congrats on the big win. Viking fans were right. That team is incredible.
    If Green Bay loses to them next week, it’s going to be depressing.

  5. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 10, 2017 at 12:00 am
    Another exciting game, right down to the wire. As worried as I’ve been about Trubisky, the kid sure looked poised. Chicago may have finally found themselves a quarterback.

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    12/25 for 128 yards and an interception. Not going to win many games like that.

  6. As a vikes fan I don’t understand what the coaching staff was thinking when they put Bradford out there. You could see in the first series that he could hardly walk. He’s probably done on those knees.

  7. Just because a game comes down to the last seconds doesn’t make it exciting. I feel dumber for watching that game and may God have mercy on my soul.

  8. Shouldn’t the headline read “…..Trubisky INT and refs…..?”

    C’mon Vikes fans even you had to be glancing at your drinking buddy tonight 4-5 times saying “wow, we got lucky there!” Of course you did.

  9. Glad Case was able to come off the bench and have the best QB performance of the night in just 30 minutes of playing time.

  10. Considering the Bears don’t have any receivers left, and that the Vikings are a top 5 defense, Trubisky played pretty well. He got lucky on his TD throw, but he seems controlled back there. Chicago should have started him week 1.

    Vikings have been impressive this year as well. They are still recovering from the Teddy Bridgwater injury, and now they have to adjust to a likely year long Bradford injury. So basically they’re on their 3rd string QB with Keenum, and 4th different QB in just 1 year. Not a lot of teams can over come that sort of adversity. and they have lost their star running backs to season ending injuries for 2 straight seasons. It shows how good their defense really is. If they just had consistency at QB, they would be a contender.

  11. Bradford is not the longterm answer let him go resign keenum and Teddy draft a QB if Bridgewater doesnt return to form by season end or re injure himself any how this game wouldnt even be close if those refs wouldnt help keep the bears drive alive with ticky tac penalties

  12. The Vikings are gonna have to perform much better in order to beat the hated ones this weekend. It was an ugly one, but a win is a win.

  13. Wow. Congrats Bears fans. (I must hate you as a Packers fan as you do my Packers, but also with tons of respect for our historical rivalry.) Trubisky looks like a keeper. Phenomenal athlete. Be patient with him. The mental end of things will come. Heck, both Favre and Rodgers had to go through the same thing. I’m not looking forward to facing Trubisky after he gets this year of seasoning under his belt. Yeesh.

  14. tjacks7 says:

    Back up QB. Back up RB. Injured #1 receiver.

    Best defense in the league comes thru.

    And that’s why they’re in a class of their own in the North.

    ************************************************************

    That’s really well said, and all true. Keenum is actually the third option, if you factor Bridgewater in. As a backup, he’s an exceptional leader. In the end, defense is why Minnesota won this game. With just *a little* help from the offense, they stay tough and smart.

    The Bears are a tough draw in Chicago, and a house of horrors for Minnesota. I don’t see many teams pushing the Bears around. They might have something with that young quarterback.

  15. Bradford may be done for the year. I don’t see how that knee is going to get any better with more rest. The safety and inability to step into a throw were bad, but the worst was when he sacked himself because his own offensive lineman got a little too close to him.

    Hurry back, Teddy!

  16. Trubisky or Glennon … a L is an L I guess Trubinsky can run, but neither have anyone to throw to or an O line. The franchise is in shambles.

  17. Trubisky did some good things. If he gets coached up like McVey did with Goff, he could be the deal. I don’t think that last pick was all on him either. His receiver should have come back to him instead of drifting up field where there was another safety up top. Shouldn’t have tried to make the throw, but he didn’t get the help he needed and forced it. Rookies do that, trying to make a play.

  18. It’s about time the vikes started using Rudolph. Love how People think that that hit was cheap by sendejo, when in reality it was a thing of beauty…totally legal shoulder to chest as was the hit on McKinnon. The defense needs to stop letting drives continue with the 3rd down penalties. Also the fake punt was atrocious on pfeifers part, on that part of the field they should have been ready for it. I still think the offense is going to struggle as Murray is not the answer, he just doesn’t hit the hole. The one thing I’ve always loved about Dalvis since his Freshman year is he hits the hole. They’re going to have to play better next week to have a chance. I fully expect GB to attack the edges in the passing game forcing the Vikings LBs to tackle in space, something Kendrick’s has not done thus far.

  19. tjacks7 says:
    October 9, 2017 at 11:58 pm
    Back up QB. Back up RB. Injured #1 receiver.

    Best defense in the league comes thru.

    And that’s why they’re in a class of their own in the North.
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    I guess in the sense that there’s only one third place in the NFCN you’re technically correct

  20. The Vikes will struggle all year. Injuries have decimated their offense once again. It’s a shame, because they’d be the class of the NFC North if they had all their pieces playing. The Bears, on the other hand, have a promising young QB. It’s too bad he has no one who can actually catch a football. The Bears must have more drops than any team in the league. They don’t have one quality receiver on that team.

  21. Unfortunately the refs felt the need to be the biggest story. The amount of tricky-tack calls which negated big plays was crazy. At some point these crews are going to figure out the fans aren’t their to see laundry on every play. The NFL needs to start address the flag happy crews as it’s ruining the flow of games.

  22. Monday nights and Playing in Chicago usually bring out the worst in the Vikings, so to come away with the win regardless of how much Chicago is struggling is huge. Trubisky played against a tough D, but most importantly he never sulked or gave up. There’s just not enough weapons around him outside of Howard to Cohen. I’m ecstatic about what the Vikings have got out of Keenum. When there’s several teams unsure of who their #1 QB is and your backup can go 2-2, I can’t complain. They need to make a run though. Trading wins and losses won’t get them where they want to go and for that they need a healthy Bradford.

  23. @tjacks

    Are you talking about the Vikings defense?
    The one they gave up a touchdown on a fake punt?
    The one that let a rookie first time starter QB keep the Bears in the game until the last minute?
    The ones that were playing the BEARS????

    If my team was that bad I would keep quiet and be thankful for a win

  24. I like Mich’s talent and think he will become an elite QB but right now he has a lot to learn. It’s going to take him a couple of years and better weapons before Bear fans see what he can become.

  25. Trubisky looked like he has potential – certainly he gives them at least as good a chance to win as Glennon.

    Bradford, on the other hand, needs to Tony Romo himself into the broadcast booth immediately – it looks like the next hit he takes may kill him.

  26. It’s time for Fox and Pace contract extensions. Fox has got the Bears to the point where they can produce a turnover or a penalty when the game is close. And Pace has shown that giving up all those draft choices to move up 1 to get Trubisky was clearly correct. Together they have worked to assure us a repeat 3-13 (or perhaps even 2-14) season and another shot at draft spot 1 or 2.

  27. This game was a pathetic display by the NFL.
    Congress should investigate these referees, the league, ESPN, and whoever else was associated in the rigging/ fixing of the outcome of the game

  28. He’s well behind Deshawn Watson in NFL readiness but in his defense, his supporting cast with the Bears is straight trash. Their WR are worse than he had at UNC and same arguably could be said for OL. The coaching also is a joke. Best the kid can hope for is a 3 or 4 win season that gets Fox & Co fired before they can ruin him.

  29. thetundraturf says:
    October 9, 2017 at 11:58 pm
    Had one good bootleg and then a TD that should’ve been an INT. With that being said though, he’s literally throwing to nobody against a top 5 defense. I expected much worse, despite the fact that he didn’t really do anything.

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    Don’t know whom you’re a fan of so it might be a Viking fan talking up their team or a Bears fan putting a positive spin on things but

    Vikings D (as of Tue am) –
    Over all – 26 in the league
    Total yards – 26
    Passing – 16
    Rushing – 26
    Points – 8

    There’s no amount of calculus that lets you put them as a top 5 defense in the league when they’re not top 5 in any 1 meaningful category. The closest they come is 8 in scoring but they’re bottom 1/2 in everything else. And honestly, scoring? They went against NO, TB, Det and Chi – 10,12,17 and 30 for scoring in the league. Again, not exactly murder’s row.

  30. @teal379

    That doesn’t tell the whole story being this short into the season. In total yardage CIN, CLE, and CHI are ahead of them despite not having good defenses. NO and TB are at the top of the league for passing and MN shut them both down. As the season goes on, those numbers will somewhat normalize, but the Points per game is where the real story lies. Garbage time yardage makes all of the other numbers somewhat irrelevant.

  31. teal379 you are totally clueless.
    As of right now the Vikings are 7th in total yds per game and 8th in points per game.

    Vikes playing for first place on Sunday against a team who needs miracles to beat Cincy.

  32. I wonder if Gruden’s wife knows he’s in love with Trubisky? Gruden is so annoying. He had a lovefest with the Bears all night. Trubisky….looked a lot like RG3. But yeah, anoint him the next sure thing!

  33. Wow, mn wins a squeeker (which they only won with lots of ref help) against a team ravaged by injuries starting a rookie qb and the fans are in here calling the Packers out immediately. No wonder everyone laughs at you guys. Get some perspective. The Vikings won this game because the ref called a crucial hold on a d lineman (how many times have you seen that?) to extend your final drive. Nothing worse than watching a good game come down to the final 2 minutes and have everything change because of an over zealous ref.

  34. Vikes playing for first place on Sunday against a team who needs miracles to beat Cincy.
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    In case you haven’t noticed, CN has been pretty good since their OC switch. Ironic to see a fan of a team that needed a phantom holding call to get the W against the bears is in here talking about miracle victories. It’s truly a shame that some of you guys can’t let go of your packer obsession long enough to even enjoy a win on MNF. Get it all out now you insecure people, because you know there won’t be any talking next week.

  35. wait wait wait wait. Packer fans are on here blaming refs for the Vikings winning? Packer fans were so keen on making fun of Vikings fans for the same thing. Vikings had 9 penalties for 69 yards and Bears had 8 for 55 yards. I wouldn’t necessarily say the scales were tipped in the Vikings favor.

    pkrlvr says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:14 am
    ” Nothing worse than watching a good game come down to the final 2 minutes and have everything change because of an over zealous ref.”

    This comment is hilarious coming from a Packer fan.

  36. NFL Football is getting hard to watch….seems like this ref crew called a penalty on every other down. No wonder the ratings are down and games are getting longer. This crew was bad!!!

  37. pkrlvr says:

    to extend your final drive. Nothing worse than watching a good game come down to the final 2 minutes and have everything change because of an over zealous ref.
    ———————————
    This coming from a fan who’s team gets this kind of ref help almost every single week. Phampton face masks, PI, do over Hail Marys……the list is endless.

  38. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    October 10, 2017 at 8:50 am
    teal379 you are totally clueless.
    As of right now the Vikings are 7th in total yds per game and 8th in points per game.
    Vikes playing for first place on Sunday against a team who needs miracles to beat Cincy.
    ===========================================================================================Yet, it took the Vikings an interception thrown right into a defender’s hands to beat a team QB’d by a rookie in his first game by a mere 3 points, after a TD pass was thrown by a punter earlier in the game.

    And the Vikings earlier lost to a guy who threw 5 interceptions last week and has seemingly lost his passion for the game.

    They are really taking the league by storm. They even beat the Saints!

  39. irishgary says:
    October 10, 2017 at 6:54 am
    @tjacks

    Are you talking about the Vikings defense?
    The one they gave up a touchdown on a fake punt?
    The one that let a rookie first time starter QB keep the Bears in the game until the last minute?
    The ones that were playing the BEARS????

    If my team was that bad I would keep quiet and be thankful for a win
    ________________________________

    Their defense didn’t give up the fake punt TD, their special teams did. At least try to have some knowledge of football before throwing insults. You look stupid.

  40. The team really happy over last night’s game is the 49ers. Those Bear draft picks are going to be good!

  41. I’m clueless?

    I’m not the Viking fans claiming they have a top 5 defense or the best D in the league when they’re not top 5 in ANY statistical category for defense and are BOTTOM 6 for at least one of them.

    That is NOT a top 5 D, top 1/2 but not top 5.

    Again, who’s clueless….

  42. A win is a win. That bad call early in the game cost Howard a long TD run. If the Bears had been up 9-0 with that run, the game would’ve likely have been all over.

    Um, no. Had the Bear TE NOT held the Viking DB makes the tackle for little or no gain, Howard got the edge because of the hold

  43. pkrlvr says:

    to extend your final drive. Nothing worse than watching a good game come down to the final 2 minutes and have everything change because of an over zealous ref.
    ———————————
    This coming from a fan who’s team gets this kind of ref help almost every single week. Phampton face masks, PI, do over Hail Marys……the list is endless.
    ___________

    Let alone, perhaps Keenum could have thrown the ball to Rudolph for the first down had not the Bear LB held him? Unreal.

  44. Shouldn’t the headline read “…..Trubisky INT and refs…..?”

    C’mon Vikes fans even you had to be glancing at your drinking buddy tonight 4-5 times saying “wow, we got lucky there!” Of course you did.
    _______________________________

    Yeah, because the Bears didn’t get bailed out 3 times on 3rd down during the game tying drive.

  45. Wow, mn wins a squeeker (which they only won with lots of ref help) against a team ravaged by injuries starting a rookie qb and the fans are in here calling the Packers out immediately. No wonder everyone laughs at you guys. Get some perspective. The Vikings won this game because the ref called a crucial hold on a d lineman (how many times have you seen that?) to extend your final drive. Nothing worse than watching a good game come down to the final 2 minutes and have everything change because of an over zealous ref.
    ________________
    Wow, because the Vikings weren’t already in FG range no? Also you don’t seem to recall the 3 times the Bears were stopped on 3rd down only to have a penalty called on Vikings to keep their drive alive for the tying score? All three of them were ticky tack as well, Sendejo’s hit was clean.

  46. Let’s see here…

    Bears start a rookie QB on MNF. They’re missing their top two wide receivers, their top three linebackers, and a few O-linemen.

    A vicious helmet to helmet hit isn’t called, which would have extended a drive for a QB that was moving the ball early. That guy should have been ejected. There are phantom penalties all night against the bears.

    And still–STILL–these Vikings fans are puffing out their chest and saying they’re in a class all their own?

    You’re ranked 20th in ESPN’s power rankings.

    20th. Next week you’ll be lower.

    Your yearly exodus from these boards begins next Sunday.

  47. From NFL.com.

    Can’t move this team up. Not after that performance. While Minnesota’s a decent squad, and will be in the wild-card race, the Vikings probably had no business winning Monday night. Mike Zimmer’s squad was repeatedly rescued by close calls. The most questionable one: That holding penalty on the Jordan Howard touchdown that wasn’t.

  48. teal379 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Vikings D (as of Tue am) –
    Over all – 26 in the league
    Total yards – 26
    Passing – 16
    Rushing – 26
    Points – 8
    _____________

    Every year we get some Packer fan who doesn’t understand that when ranking defenses, low numbers are good. The Vikings are actually 7th in total yards, 20th in passing yards, and 7th in rushing yards.

    Also, if you remove the safety and the special teams touchdown, the Vikings are tied for fourth in points allowed.

  49. Pkrlvr, last time I checked a defensive lineman plays defense, and if such player holds a player running a pass route, that is considered defensive holding. It was pretty obvious during the play Rudolph was held and that he was the target on that play. I know you’re a packer fan and your definition of holding is distorted because they very seldom call it on your team but COME ON MAN!

  50. frank booth says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:38 am
    Yet, it took the Vikings an interception thrown right into a defender’s hands

    —————————

    If you don’t know the difference between throwing right at a defender and a DB jumping a route, maybe you should stick to high school football.

  51. Bears defense had stopped the Vikes and would’ve held them to a FG, and Bears would’ve gotten the ball back with about a minute and a half left, when POOF! – out of nowhere comes this phantom DEFENSIVE HOLDING call (on WHO?!?!? They ever even said!) and just like that, game over.

    Thanks refs.

    As if losing your #1,2,3 top WRs and your #1,2,3,4 starting LBs and #2 pass rusher didn’t hamstring you enough…

    The NFL is a crock of crap, and Refs and Goodell are two of the biggest reasons – it’s no wonder the fans are leaving in droves.

  52. minneanderthals says:
    October 10, 2017 at 11:36 am
    Let’s see here…

    Bears start a rookie QB on MNF. They’re missing their top two wide receivers, their top three linebackers, and a few O-linemen.

    A vicious helmet to helmet hit isn’t called, which would have extended a drive for a QB that was moving the ball early. That guy should have been ejected. There are phantom penalties all night against the bears.

    And still–STILL–these Vikings fans are puffing out their chest and saying they’re in a class all their own?

    You’re ranked 20th in ESPN’s power rankings.

    20th. Next week you’ll be lower.

    Your yearly exodus from these boards begins next Sunday.

    ***

    Good gracious you’ve quickly become annoying. I’ll address your points.

    1.) Bears start a rookie QB on MNF. They’re missing their top two wide receivers, their top three linebackers, and a few O-linemen.

    Trubisky > Glennon, as evidenced by Glennon being benched. So with that theory, Packers went against an easier QB, as Glennon was absolute garage.

    2.) A vicious helmet to helmet hit isn’t called, which would have extended a drive for a QB that was moving the ball early. That guy should have been ejected. There are phantom penalties all night against the bears.

    are your referring to the Sandejo hit? They pulled the flag because everyone in their right mind saw it wasn’t a vicious or a helmet to helmet. He used his shoulder and the analysits even blamed Mitch for putting the WR in that position.

    3.)And still–STILL–these Vikings fans are puffing out their chest and saying they’re in a class all their own?
    You have quoted this “class all their own” at least three different times. ONE PERSON, A TROLL HAS SAID THIS. You continue to say all Vikings fans are saying this. Stop with the false narrative.

    4.) We were ranked 20th last week too. What’s your point?

  53. Packers spouting off in a Viking thread about how Viking fans are happy about a victory. Living rent free in Packer heads is delightful.

    Trubisky showed some potential, but you’d expect that from a 2nd overall pick…actually probably expect more. He threw a pick, had a fumble, and had less than 50% completion rate…I would maybe hold off on giving him the keys to the kingdom.

    Vikes got lucky with a few calls. Bears got lucky with a few calls. Vikes had offensive injuries, Bears had defensive injuries.

    Anyone who watched that game and wasn’t impressed by the Vikes defense is too biased to have their opinion count for anything, mostly packer fans I’m sure. The first half, as ugly as it was, had the Bears starting each drive at midfield or in Vikings territory and the defense didn’t give up a single point! In the second half it took a trick fake punt and Rodgers-esque miracle throw/fluke tipped ball to get them points against this defense.

  54. Satanic Hell Creature says:
    October 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    frank booth says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:38 am
    Yet, it took the Vikings an interception thrown right into a defender’s hands
    —————————
    If you don’t know the difference between throwing right at a defender and a DB jumping a route, maybe you should stick to high school football.
    ===================================================================================================================================
    Ha! High school football. Good one! Actually, routes can be jumped in high school football as well. It was a poorly thrown ball short of the receiver into the defender’s hands. Smith did nothing special and certainly didn’t jump the route. There’s video of it so go check it out.

  55. teal and others saying the Vikings defense aren’t very good are just ignorant I don’t know how else to put it. They are good at every level. Teams running the ball against the Vikings avg 3.1 yards. That is 3rd best in the NFL. You can dislike the team but stating bold lies is foolish. They aren’t 26th in the NFL.

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