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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Chicago 0 7 0 3 10
Minnesota 7 9 7 0 23
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U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 66,802

Vikings play for first-round bye vs. Bears

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Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

  1. The Vikings have won five straight home games over the Bears. Minnesota's five-game home winning streak in the series is its longest since an 11-game streak between 1972 and 1982.
  2. The Bears earned a home win over the Browns in Week 16, 20-3, to improve to 5-10 this season. Chicago is 0-5 against NFC North opponents this season. Only once before in franchise history have the Bears failed to win a game against division opponents. In 1969, Chicago went 0-6 against the Central Division of the NFL.
  3. The Vikings won at Green Bay last week, 16-0, to improve to 12-3 this season. It was Minnesota's first shutout since December 5, 1993 when the Vikings won at Detroit, 13-0, and its second ever shutout of the Packers. The Vikings' previous shutout of Green Bay was on November 14, 1971, a 3-0 win at home.
  4. Minnesota and Chicago opened the new year with a game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 1, a 38-10 Vikings win in Week 17 of the 2016 season. The Vikings and Bears will be closing 2017 with a game at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 31.
  5. Mitchell Trubisky broke the Bears franchise record for passing yards by a quarterback in his rookie season last week. Trubisky now has 2015 yards this season, bettering the previous mark of 1869 yards of Kyle Orton in 2005.
  6. Case Keenum has 10 wins this season, making him the first undrafted QB with 10 wins in a season since Tony Romo in 2014 (12-3). The only other undrafted Vikings QB to win 10 games in a season was Gary Cuozzo in 1970 (10-2).
Team Comparison

16.9 Points 23.9
193.8 Pass Yds 249.3
117.2 Rush Yds 120.7
22 Takeaways 19

MINNEAPOLIS -- Much hung in the balance at halftime Oct. 9 in Chicago, with the Minnesota Vikings holding a tenuous 3-2 lead over the Bears and the road team's season seemingly at a crossroads.

The Vikings were 2-2, had lost emerging franchise running back Dalvin Cook to a season-ending knee injury a week earlier and had rushed presumptive starting quarterback Sam Bradford back onto the field after he'd missed the previous three games.

A loss in Chicago and they might have quickly fallen far back in the NFC North race.

With the Bears (5-10) coming to Minnesota (12-3) for the regular-season finale Sunday, it's amazing to fathom how much has changed since that halftime at Soldier Field.

Most notably, Case Keenum was reinserted into the starting quarterback role to replace an ineffective Bradford for the second half versus the Bears and proceeded to win 10 of the next 11 games, helping the Vikings grab their second division crown in Mike Zimmer's four seasons as their coach.

While Bradford spent much of his time under center last season running for his life behind a porous offensive line, the increased protection for Keenum has been one of Minnesota's great success stories in 2017. Although that feel-good story took a blow Saturday in the Vikings' 16-0 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, when guard Nick Easton was lost for the season with a broken ankle.

"Nick did a really good job. He's a tough kid, smart, very competitive. We'll miss him," Zimmer said.

Minnesota long snapper Kevin McDermott also suffered a shoulder injury and left the Packers game early. He is expected back for the playoffs, but the Vikings signed Jeff Overbaugh -- who spent short stints with the Bears and Denver Broncos previously -- as an insurance policy while they wait for McDermott to heal.

While Minnesota has clinched a playoff berth, it needs a win over Chicago or a Panthers loss in Carolina's game at Atlanta to clinch a first-round bye.

The Bears, meanwhile, have won two of their last three, but have fallen far below expectations and are widely expected to move on from coach John Fox after Sunday's game. Chicago is 14-33 with Fox running the show since he was hired three years ago.

Meeting with reporters this week, Fox sounded like he's fully prepared to move on to the next challenge if the Bears' brass decides he's not part of their future plans.

"I don't worry about it. I've never had trouble getting employment in this league and I'm not going to start worrying about it now," said Fox, who is 133-122 in the NFL, and took the Panthers and Broncos to the Super Bowl in his previous head coaching jobs. "It's not my first rodeo. I've been doing this for 28 years and 15 as a head coach. This is par for the course in this league. There's a lot of speculation every year and this year is no different."

Chicago got its fifth win of the season at home Christmas Eve, beating the Cleveland Browns 20-3, and saw another good -- not great -- game from rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky, the second overall pick in last spring's draft, was 14 of 23 for 193 yards in keeping the Browns winless and did not turn the ball over.

He also showed some mobility by rushing seven times for 44 yards and a touchdown. With 2,015 passing yards in 11 starts this season, Trubisky is now the top rookie passer in Bears' franchise history, surpassing the mark set by Kyle Orton in 2005. He downplayed the record, with an eye on the future.

"It's not really about individual stats to me. It's about growth and development, getting better each day, and I wouldn't have that without my teammates," Trubisky said. "I don't feel like I did anything special, just continue to get better each week and learn from my mistakes."

The Bears were 3-13 last season, and finished the campaign in Minnesota with a 38-10 loss. If Fox is dismissed after a loss in Minnesota, it will be the second time in four seasons that has happened to a Chicago coach. Marc Trestman was fired by the Bears after closing the 2014 season with a 13-9 road loss to the Vikings and finishing 5-11.

The Vikings have won the last two games in the rivalry, which dates to Minnesota's entry into the NFL as an expansion team in 1961, and the Vikings lead the all-time series, 59-52-2.

Updated December 28, 2017

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