Bears special teams rise up

CHICAGO -- Just when Minnesota had grabbed some momentum at Soldier Field, Chicago’s special teams took it right back.

Israel Idonije burst through the middle of the Vikings’ line to block Ryan Longwell’s extra point, and Danieal Manning returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to set up the Bears’ next drive. Jay Cutler’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Clark has the Bears ahead 23-6.

The missed extra point means the Bears are ahead by two touchdowns, two extra points and a field goal. Even if the Vikings hold the Bears’ offense scoreless the rest of the way, and there’s no indication that will happen, I wonder if they’ll even get enough possessions to make up the difference.