Game Recap: Bears lose season finale to Vikings 23-10

Tricia Pearson
January 1, 2018

Minnesota's offense was again limited to modest gains against a Bears defense that had allowed the third-fewest plays of 20 yards or more in the NFL.

The Vikings' Brian Robison sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter Sunday.

With what sounds like one game remaining in the John Fox era, the search for a new Bears coach will become the first focus of the offseason.

Go inside the Vikings pregame huddle before taking on the Chicago Bears. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-10. The Vikings surrendered a season-low 3.8 yards per play.

Lions beat Packers 35-11 to finish up season at 9-7
Minnesota's Adam Thielen had eight receptions for 89 yards and Everson Griffen had two sacks, tying his career high with 12. Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley throws to WR Trevor Davis for a 29-yard gain during Sunday's matchup with the Lions.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Fox is expected to be fired following the season finale in Minnesota on Sunday.

The Vikings quickly marched down the field on an eight-play drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown for Latavius Murray. Chicago's offense managed just one first down in its initial four possessions, but the Bears special teams got them on the board when Bryce Callahan returned a Minnesota punt 59 yards for a touchdown. Case Keenum rebounded from a down outing last Saturday to complete 21-of-29 for 189 yards and a touchdown, a 15-yarder to Stefon Diggs - his eighth of the season to double his previous high and tie Kyle Rudolph for the team lead. Randy Moss and Cris Carter are the only ones ahead on either list. And now, they'll be able to take a week off.

Joe Berger, who switched from right guard to center with Pat Elflein shelved for a shoulder injury for the second time in four weeks, was the only original starter to play in all 16 games. Jeremiah Sirles started at left guard for Nick Easton, who will miss the playoffs because of a broken ankle. To be fair, Chicago is missing three of their starting offensive linemen, but Mitchell Trubisky has been completely ineffective and Jordan Howard has been virtually invisible.

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