Vikings stumble in OT loss to Bears
Brett Favre got the Minnesota Vikings to overtime. The Chicago
Bears got the victory.
Jay Cutler threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Devin Aromashodu
9 minutes into overtime, and the Bears beat the fading Vikings
36-30 on Monday night to give New Orleans Saints homefield
advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Nick Roach recovered a fumble by Adrian Peterson following a
catch, setting up Cutler’s fourth touchdown pass of the game and
sending Minnesota (11-4) to its third loss in four games.
This one comes following a dustup between Favre and coach
Brad Childress on the sideline last week, and it prevented the
Vikings from locking up a first-round playoff bye.
Favre led them on a 68-yard touchdown drive after the Bears
regained the lead, connecting with a leaping, twisting Sidney Rice
on a 6-yard pass on fourth down that tied it at 30 with 16 seconds
left in regulation.
Chicago’s Robbie Gould had a chance to win it on the first
possession of the overtime but missed a 45-yard field goal wide
The Bears (5-10) took advantage a few minutes later, though,
when Hunter Hillenmeyer knocked the ball away from Peterson and
Roach recovered. Cutler found an open Aromashodu, who had beaten
Antoine Winfield, and the Bears won for just the third time in 11
Favre has never led a team to a win after trailing by 17 or
more points. The Bears were up 23-6 in the third quarter and the
Vikings were able to tie it twice.