MINNEAPOLIS -- Call Chicago’s matchup with the Vikings an envelope, because it appears the club has mailed in the season finale; falling behind 10-0 after the first quarter because of two turnovers.
Bell’s fumble late in the quarter on a strip from E.J. Henderson was recovered by Jamarca Sanford, giving the Vikings possession at the Chicago 18. Three plays later, Percy Harvin scored on a 5-yard run up the middle at the 3:42 mark that made the score 10-0.
Before that, the Vikings capitalized on another Chicago turnover. Bennett fumbled at the end of an 8-yard completion from Josh McCown. Officials originally ruled Bennett down, but Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier challenged the call and received a reversal, which put the Vikings on the Chicago 49 at the 12:31 mark.
Toby Gerhart busted a 24-yard run on the very next play. But the Bears weathered the early onslaught, stalling Minnesota’s drive at the Chicago 8, forcing it to settle for a 26-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell with 8:53 remaining in the quarter.