CHICAGO—Adrian Peterson’s legs, Blair Walsh’s foot, and Teddy Bridgewater’s poise lifted Minnesota to a rare Windy City win.
With no time to spare, either.
Peterson ran for 103 yards and Walsh kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lift Minnesota to a 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears yesterday.
The Vikings had dropped seven-straight at Soldier Field—and it looked like the streak would reach eight when Jay Cutler rolled to his right and plowed over safety Harrison Smith for a four-yard touchdown with just under five minutes to go.
But just when it seemed this one was slipping away, the Vikings dug in. Bridgewater led two late scoring drives to send Minnesota (5-2) to its third-straight win.
“We fight no matter if we’re down 10, 15, 20—guys continue to fight,” Peterson noted.
Stefon Diggs turned a short pass into a 40-yard TD when he spun around Sherrick McManis and went up the left side, tying the game with 1:49 left.
After Chicago (2-5) punted, Bridgewater hit a leaping Charles Johnson for a 35-yard pass that put the ball on the 27.
Two plays later Walsh booted the winner—pumping his right arm as the ball went through the uprights.
“I didn’t necessarily think it was going to go down to a game-winning kick,” Walsh noted.
“I knew that we were going to go to overtime regardless because it was just so late in the game.
“But then our offence, man, they pulled one out there,” he added. “Teddy did a great job driving the ball down the field.”
The Bears lost star running back Matt Forte and receiver Eddie Royal to knee injuries while dropping their second-straight game.
Coach John Fox had no details on the injuries to Forte and Royal, who hurt his left knee.
The Bears had trouble containing Peterson yesterday and came up short when it looked like they were ready to pull out the win.
“We were in the game, much like the last four weeks,” Fox noted.
“We won two. We didn’t finish the last two weeks and you lose.
“I think down the stretch, you’ve got to coach it better,” he remarked.
“You’ve got to make plays when they’re there to be had.”