Vikings beat Bears, clinch first-round playoff bye

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The Vikings won today so they can get some rest next week.

Minnesota’s defense was dominant in a 23-10 victory over Chicago, and the Vikings finished the season 13-3. They’ve clinched the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and will be off next weekend. The only way they can play on the road in the postseason is if they meet the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. Any other Vikings postseason game — including the Super Bowl — would be on their home field.

The defense held Chicago’s running attack to just 30 yards on 15 carries and largely held Mitchell Trubisky in check. Although Trubisky did move the Bears down the field late in the game, a Vikings goal-line stand ended the Bears’ last, best chance.

The loss was probably the last game in the John Fox era. The Bears simply haven’t improved enough in Fox’s three seasons to justify keeping him for another year.

And the win was the biggest of Mike Zimmer’s tenure in Minnesota. The Vikings have as good a shot at the Super Bowl as they’ve had in many years.

81 responses to “Vikings beat Bears, clinch first-round playoff bye

  1. Vikings win

    Secure a first round bye as the #2 seed

    Great season boys! Let’s get it done in the playoffs!!!!

  2. 3 years of the John Fox era translated into the last Bears possession today. 4 downs from the 2 yard line and the Bears get 1 yard. Enough is enough: Let the 3d rebuild begin on the am tomorrow.

  3. …only for 2 reasons:
    1. The injury to Aaron
    2. The refs. They made so many calls against the Pack this year.

    Otherwise, the Pack would be getting the first round by.

  4. Defense only gave up 3 points today, other 7 were given up on special teams. When Trubisky “moved” the ball late in the game, it was garbage time.

    The only “loss” at home was a fluke by the Lions who had no business winning that game. The loss against Carolina was BS as well. Thielen had a TD taken away, and when Cam ran to set up the winning TD, Matt Kalil held Barr big time.

    We could very easily be 15-1 this year as we are 13-3.. Doesn’t matter though, just go take care of business.

  5. It’s been a long time.
    Nice to be back in this position.
    No promises or predictions, I’ve simply enjoyed, and hopefully will continue to, enjoy this season.

  6. The Bears defense is legit, The Vikings were just better. Now it’s down to 2 games to get the home field Superbowl. It’s been an amazing journey for the Vikings, and may just go down as the fairy tail.

  7. Ugly win, yes, but left the game with no new injuries and bye next week. Defense can hold down any team.

  8. “…only for 2 reasons:
    1. The injury to Aaron
    2. The refs. They made so many calls against the Pack this year.

    Otherwise, the Pack would be getting the first round by.”
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    Is this an Onion story?

  9. thepackerpoet says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    …only for 2 reasons:
    1. The injury to Aaron
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    And there it is. The asterisk.

    I posted after Rodgers went down that if the Vikings won the division the Gumby’s would #asterisk the Vikings season.

    Is that you Stella? How’s the 2018-19 preseason Super Bowl poll party going?

  10. thepackerpoet says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    …only for 2 reasons:
    1. The injury to Aaron
    2. The refs. They made so many calls against the Pack this year.

    Otherwise, the Pack would be getting the first round by.
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    Packers tears taste better than champagne on New Years Eve! #PurpleReign

  11. Us Vikings fans are feeling it man. As much as we don’t want to say the “S” word because we think or feel we’re cursed or just can’t get there.

    This year is different though. Not last year. Not 98′. Not 09′.

    THIS year, you guys.

    What a fun season, and we’re FAR from done.

    SKOL!

  12. thepackerpoet says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    …only for 2 reasons:
    1. The injury to Aaron
    2. The refs. They made so many calls against the Pack this year.

    Otherwise, the Pack would be getting the first round by.

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    I wish someone could explain to me how Aaron getting hurt and officiating calls in Green Bay caused the Vikings to win 13 games this year.

  13. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    Two weeks in a row the Vikings offense hasnt looked all that good.

    If their offense doesn’t improve, they won’t go far.

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    Disagree, the face of the Vikings is their defense. They should have ended the season with 3 straight shutouts. Teddy’s interception against Cincy gave them their only TD, shutout the pack and trick play by the Bears gave them only TD. The offense has to score 17-21 points and we will keep rolling.

  14. jonnyfootball82 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    Super Bowl, homeboy
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    It’s tough, but I’m sure the Vikings can find 53 Super Bowl tickets if they look hard enough.

  15. Clinched the first week bye.

    Get to rest and watch the first round of the playoffs to see gets the opportunity to come play us at US Bank stadium.

  16. Vikings beat Bears, clinch first-round playoff bye
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    All because of an unnecessary hit on Aaron Rodgers.

  17. thepackerpoet says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    …only for 2 reasons:
    1. The injury to Aaron
    2. The refs. They made so many calls against the Pack this year.

    Otherwise, the Pack would be getting the first round by.

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    This has to be a fake account. No one can be this dense.

  18. No let down, team took care of business. Hopefully Elflien is ready for playoff game, he makes such a huge difference. Today they did ok given Chicago does have have a top 10 defense and Vikings had guys playing OL positions they had never played (Remmers at OG). I’m sure the offense will be a point of emphasis during bye week practices. Bears really aren’t that far off, but they have to get some more WR’s and get healthy. In 2 years the Bears will be better than Packers, no doubt.

  19. Is this an Onion story?
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    Nope, just another Viking troll pretending to be a packer fan. There are several of them out there.

  20. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    Vikings beat Bears, clinch first-round playoff bye
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    All because of an unnecessary hit on Aaron Rodgers.

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    It’s time to go away coyote. Don’t be surprised that we break your QB next year. Sorry for your loss.

  21. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    Two weeks in a row the Vikings offense hasnt looked all that good.

    If their offense doesn’t improve, they won’t go far.

    —–

    They scored 23 points today. Well above league average for PPG, so…..shhhhh

  22. thepackerpoet says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    …only for 2 reasons:
    1. The injury to Aaron
    2. The refs. They made so many calls against the Pack this year.

    Otherwise, the Pack would be getting the first round by.

    9 108 Rate This
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    A packer fan complaining about the refs. That’s rich.

  23. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    Vikings beat Bears, clinch first-round playoff bye
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    All because of an unnecessary hit on Aaron Rodgers.
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    An injury to one player tanks an entire team’s season. Apparently not much of a team.

  24. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    Vikings beat Bears, clinch first-round playoff bye
    ——————————————————
    All because of an unnecessary hit on Aaron Rodgers.

    ***

    Still trying to maintain relevance.

  25. LOL Listen to these Viqueen fans!!! Win a championship, let alone 13, then run your mouth!!! Love it up here at the top where everyone hates us!!!!

  26. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    Vikings beat Bears, clinch first-round playoff bye
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    All because of an unnecessary hit on Aaron Rodgers.
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    Didn’t know that hit caused the Vikings to win 13

    Maybe Rodgers should stick to strengthening his body instead of making commercials with his dog and clay.

  27. The injured O–line left the whole offense disjointed, particularly the downfield passing game. However, the D remains in playoff form. Great to win the last game of the season with more still to play.

  28. Crystal ball says, look – Manning and the Broncos offense did not win a SB – their defense did.

  29. The most awesome play I ever saw was in 03 when Josh McCown threw a bullet Hail Mary and Nate Poole made a diving TD catch on the sideline with no time left.

  30. The 3rd most awesome play I ever saw was in 09 when Favre missed a chance to run into FG range and threw a INT.

  31. The 4th most awesome play I ever saw was in 98 when the “perfect” Gary Anderson missed a FG to end a 15-1 season.

  32. The funniest play I ever saw was when Jim Marshall went the wrong way and threw the ball out of bounds in his own N zone.

  33. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    LOL Listen to these Viqueen fans!!! Win a championship, let alone 13, then run your mouth!!! Love it up here at the top where everyone hates us!!!!

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    Enjoy your off season, little boy.

  34. Those who say Vikings offense have not putting up points need to look at the field condition when they play Packas, shut out. Remember bears almost beat the Saints in their house, but Vikings would’ve shut the bears out, 3 points, except for the 7 off special team. Vikings defense is so stout, no teams right now can score more than 16. If Vikes offense can put up more than that they win every time.

  35. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:23 pm
    The 4th most awesome play I ever saw was in 98 when the “perfect” Gary Anderson missed a FG to end a 15-1 season.

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    Someone is sad . . .

  36. usdcoyotesfan

    your team that was heavily favored to go to the superbowl and that your own president said would go into the vikings stadium and win a superbowl, finished 7-9 this year. when Rodgers came back, he choked. Get used to that arm you saw in Carolina, because I doubt 13 screws and a plate in your clavicle will ever go back to normal. your entire team was exposed as frauds this year.

    please just go away and stop logging into your multiple accounts under different names. It’s not fooling anybody. there’s more to life than your precious packers.

  37. Don’t let this distract you from the Vikings being the only #1 seed to lose in the 1st round of the March Madness?

  38. your team that was heavily favored to go to the superbowl and that your own president said would go into the vikings stadium and win a superbowl
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    So what do you expect him to say? That the Packers are going to suck so don’t even bother watching? Every team should be expecting to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the year.

  39. The Bears and their fans have reason to be optimistic. I had doubts about the Bears moving up to get Trubiski, but he’s good. If he stays healthy, he will be one to watch in the future. If their WR’s weren’t hurt, I think their season would have been much different – sweeping the listless packers for one.

  40. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:40 pm
    Don’t let this distract you from the Vikings being the only #1 seed to lose in the 1st round of the March Madness?

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    A proud owner of the Aaron Rodgers (TM) Signature crying towel.

  41. Another favorite play was that onside kick off that Packer player’s helmet to give away a playoff game.

    usdcoyotesfan…..who was that against?

  42. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    LOL Listen to these Viqueen fans!!! Win a championship, let alone 13, then run your mouth!!! Love it up here at the top where everyone hates us!!!!

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    The top of what? The roaring twenties? Everyone hates the patriots in title town New England

  43. To everyone complaining about the lack of Vikings offense;

    I’m sure the Vikings had 2 goals today, win and avoid any injury. The offensive play-calling was as vanilla as it gets- playing it very safe. When you have a defense as special as this years squad you know you can- for the most part- just ride out the game. Well done- plus no injuries. Now for a well-deserved bye.

    Woot- woot!

  44. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    Little Casey Keenum has never won a game when trailing in the 4th quarter! ZERO!!!

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    In 40 games, Keenum has 3 4th quarter comebacks and 6 game winning drives. Your hero Rodgers has 12 and 19 in almost 4 times the games. Nice try though.

  45. Honestly, there are NO primadonnas on this team! None on either side of the ball! If there were, Zimm would put is boot up their a**. Great TEAM win! 1st step on the way to the next! SKOL!!

  46. Vikings defense is so stout, no teams right now can score more than 16. If Vikes offense can put up more than that they win every time.
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    Didn’t your so stout defense give up 31 points to the Falcons? Instead of enjoying your 13-3 record you feel like your squad actually deserves to be 15-1? Imagine this fanbase if they actually win a playoff game. One solitary playoff game. I bet one of them might actually post on a Packer story then…..

  47. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    your team that was heavily favored to go to the superbowl and that your own president said would go into the vikings stadium and win a superbowl
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    So what do you expect him to say? That the Packers are going to suck so don’t even bother watching?

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    At least he would have been honest.

  48. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    LOL Listen to these Viqueen fans!!! Win a championship, let alone 13, then run your mouth!!! Love it up here at the top where everyone hates us!!!!

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    So. . . you’re a superior person because your favorite team has accomplished more than others? That’s a sad, sad, sad, SAD life you live there. I will readily admit my favorite NFL team has not won the Super Bowl, yet. While my favorite teams in every other sport, at both the NCAA and Pro levels, have won their respective championships. A couple of them could arguably be considered one of, if not the best in their sport. But, my life is not so sad that I believe I, or the other fans of those teams, are superior in any way to the other teams’ fans, just because my favorite teams were more successful than the others.

  49. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    The most awesome play I ever saw was in 03 when Josh McCown threw a bullet Hail Mary and Nate Poole made a diving TD catch on the sideline with no time left.

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    Obviously, you didn’t even see the play. It was neither a bullet, nor a Hail Mary. It was about a 30 – 35yd arcing pass that Poole did not dive for. Poole jumped almost straight up to grab it as a Viking defender pushed him out of bounds, before he could touch both feet in bounds. It’s okay, we’re all well aware of your lack of football acumen.

  50. Congrats to the Vikings. I’m an NFC Central loyalist (Go Pack) and will pull for the Vikes as long as they’re in it. Too many friends who are Vikings fans to NOT pull for them…it’s not as though the Vikes are the flippin’ Bears afterall – I’ve had 30+ years to recover from the Bears winning the Super Bowl and I don’t think that the stink has fully flushed from my sinus cavity yet.

    The Vikes darn well better win the NFC this year. The football gods have laid down for them this season. I would like to see a Bills v. Vikings SuperBowl.

  51. “Love it up here at the top where everyone hates us!!!!”

    puppy fan

    Everyone may hate ‘you’, but you’re a long way from the top.

    As a matter of fact, you’re so far from the top you can’t even see the top of the hole you’ve been digging.

    Keep wallowing in the mud, it’s what you do.

  52. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    LOL Listen to these Viqueen fans!!! Win a championship, let alone 13, then run your mouth!!! Love it up here at the top where everyone hates us!!!!
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    My favorite plays happen every year when my NDSU Bison get to stomp the little USD puppy dogs. Now you have the privilege of watching them win their 6th championship in 7 years on Saturday, then a week later watch the team that exposed your Packers in the playoffs. Good times!

  53. packertruth says:
    January 1, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Didn’t your so stout defense give up 31 points to the Falcons?

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    Ummm. . . nope. They gave up 9 to the Falcons. They did give up 31 to the Panthers though. Too bad you don’t know the difference between the two teams, but that would require a bit of NFL knowledge.

  54. I cannot wait to watch the Vikings’ annual collapse again. The only question is when will it occur? Will it occur in the Divisional? The NFC Championship game? The Super Bowl???

    Oh, it will happen. It’s just a matter of when.

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