NFL Game Recap - Chicago at Minnesota
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:00 PM EST

ATL
28
TB
22
F OT
MIA
27
NE
24
F
CHI
21
MIN
19
F
LAC
21
KC
31
F
GB
23
DET
20
F
CLE
23
CIN
33
F
NO
42
CAR
10
F
NYJ
13
BUF
6
F
ARI
24
LAR
31
F
OAK
15
DEN
16
F
PHI
34
NYG
17
F
IND
20
JAX
38
F
TEN
35
HOU
14
F
WAS
16
DAL
47
F
PIT
10
BAL
28
F
SF
26
SEA
21
F

Dec 29, 2019, 1:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Chicago (8-8)

6

5

7

3

21

Minnesota (10-6)

0

6

0

13

19

Bears edge Vikings 21-19 on PiƱeiro FG with 10 seconds left
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:53 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Already sunk by midseason, the Chicago Bears were happy to wrap up a frustrating year with a late-game push for the win.

As far as feeling good for the Minnesota Vikings, body was the easy pick over mind.

Eddy Pineiro's fourth field goal of the game came from 22 yards with 10 seconds left, giving the Bears a 21-19 victory on Sunday with the Vikings resting their regulars for the playoffs.

"We're going to learn from this," coach Matt Nagy said. "It could have been easy for them to do just that and not be fighters, but they did. That's the positive."

Pineiro, the latest attempt by the Bears (8-8) to solve their persistent kicking trouble, finished the season with 11 straight made field goals. Mitch Trubisky highlighted another unremarkable, conservative performance by hitting Riley Ridley for 34 yards on fourth-and-9 with 2:36 left from midfield to set up the winning kick.

"We just stuck together, believed and put one last drive together," said Trubisky, who went 26 for 37 for 207 yards. "I think it was important to just go out on the right note."

David Montgomery had 23 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown to cap a strong rookie season and help the Bears beat the Vikings (10-6) for the fourth consecutive time. Chicago dodged what would have been a fifth losing record in six years, after winning the NFC North in 2018 in Nagy's debut.

"I'm just happy I ended on a good note, and hopefully get ready to compete next year and win my job back," Pineiro said.

Minnesota missed a third 11-win season in six years under coach Mike Zimmer, but he was far more concerned about taking a healthy team to the playoffs.

"It was really hard," Zimmer said of his decision to sideline the starters. "I actually didn't tell some of the guys until last night. I wanted them to prepare like they were getting ready to play."

Ifeadi Odenigbo strip-sacked Trubisky in the fourth quarter to pick up the ball and set up Dan Bailey's fourth field goal for a brief lead for the Vikings, but a replay review negated what would have been Odenigbo's second fumble return for a touchdown in three games after it was ruled that his knee was down after the recovery.

"I like to win. Like I told everybody, any time that scoreboard's up there my name's attached to it," Zimmer said. "But I just figured in the long run it's better if we just play these young guys."

THE BOONE SHOW

Mike Boone rushed 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, atoning for three costly miscues in the first half. After a 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, Boone fumbled a pitch from Sean Mannion that Bilal Nichols recovered. He bobbled a short pass over the middle on the next possession that Kevin Pierre-Louis intercepted. The Bears turned both of those takeaways into field goals.

Then after a punt by Pat O'Donnell was downed at the 1, Boone stutter-stepped in the end zone to try to elude an unblocked Nick Kwiatkoski but was engulfed for a safety that put the Bears up 8-3, ultimately the difference in the game.

Boone, who was held to 28 yards on 11 carries on Monday night in the 23-10 defeat by Green Bay, was again the lead runner with Pro Bowler Dalvin Cook and primary backup Alexander Mattison recovering from injuries.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph (81 games) and defensive end Danielle Hunter (48 games) took the first snap for their side of the ball to extend consecutive regular-season start streaks for the Vikings, but the interior offensive linemen were the only starters who broke a sweat and they were out after three series.

"If something were to happen later in the playoffs, guys will have got a little experience under their belt, and it just gives us more depth," Boone said.

SLOW START

Montgomery got his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, but otherwise the Bears offense gave the Vikings' second-stringers little to worry about. For the 11th time this year, they failed to score a first-half touchdown. The Bears finished with an average of 4.66 yards per play this season, ahead of only the New York Jets.

IS THIS AUGUST?

For the fourth straight year, all since U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, the NFL scheduled Chicago's visit to Minnesota for the final week of the season. The Bears also finished on the road against the Vikings in 2014 (outside at TCF Bank Stadium) and 2011 (inside at the Metrodome), and most of these matchups have come with a exhibition-game vibe.

Both teams were eliminated from contention for the playoffs in 2011, 2014 and 2016. This time, the Vikings were safely in with the No. 6 seed cemented. Only in 2017, when the Vikings won to clinch a first-round bye, and in 2018, when the Vikings lost to miss the playoffs, were there any postseason positions to determine.

INJURY REPORT

Bears: Pro Bowl kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson entered the concussion protocol after taking a pair of end-around runs as a wide receiver in the first quarter. Then Anthony Miller hurt his shoulder on his first kickoff return.

Vikings: DT Armon Watts and OT Rashod Hill each left in the fourth quarter with an unspecified left leg injury.

UP NEXT

Bears: Regroup for 2020, with the offense the top priority for upgrades. They don't have a first-round draft pick, sent previously to the Raiders for OLB Khalil Mack, but they have an extra second-rounder that came in that trade last year.

Vikings: Play a wild-card round game next weekend at either New Orleans, San Francisco or Seattle, depending on the result of the 49ers-Seahawks game later on Sunday night. The road team won three of the four wild-card games in the playoffs last season and two of four the previous year.

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Passing

CHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Trubisky 37 26 70.3 0 207 32 0 84.0 4
MIN Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
S. Mannion 21 12 57.1 0 126 35 2 35.1 0

Rushing

CHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Montgomery 23 113 4.9 14 1
T. Cohen 4 20 5.0 19 0
MIN Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Mannion 1 0 0.0 0 0
M. Boone 17 148 8.7 59 1

Receiving

CHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Robinson II 9 71 7.9 18 0
R. Ridley 3 54 18.0 32 0
MIN Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Hollins 2 46 23.0 35 0
O. Johnson 3 34 11.3 14 0

Team Stats Comparison

CHI MIN
Points For 21 19
Total Yards 337 300
Rushing Yards 158 174
Passing Yards 179 126
Passing Completions / Attempts 26/37 12/21
Turnovers 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/1
First Downs 24 14
Rushing Touchdowns 1 1
Passing Touchdowns 0 0
Penalties - Yards 3/34 3/40
Time Of Possession 37:40 22:20
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/16 4/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 1/5 1/5
Sacks Against 4 0
Punts - Average Yards 2/56 1/52
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 0/0 1/8
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 2/22 1/28

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter CHI MIN
CHI 7:19 FG Eddy Pineiro 26 yd FG 3 0
CHI 14:16 FG Eddy Pineiro 33 yd FG 6 0
2nd Quarter CHI MIN
MIN 5:43 FG Dan Bailey 37 yd FG 6 3
CHI 8:57 SF Nick Kwiatkoski safety 8 3
CHI 13:09 FG Eddy Pineiro 34 yd FG 11 3
MIN 15:00 FG Dan Bailey 38 yd FG 11 6
3rd Quarter CHI MIN
CHI 5:11 TD David Montgomery 14 yd run (Eddy Pineiro kick) 18 6
4th Quarter CHI MIN
MIN 0:47 TD Mike Boone 1 yd run (Dan Bailey kick) 18 13
MIN 6:06 FG Dan Bailey 39 yd FG 18 16
MIN 10:07 FG Dan Bailey 34 yd FG 18 19
CHI 14:50 FG Eddy Pineiro 22 yd FG 21 19

Game Information

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 66,913
Game Time: 2:56
Weather: