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Bears Blow Lead, Fall to Vikings Season Finale – NBC Chicago

In what was supposedly head coach Matt Nagy’s last game as head coach of the Chicago Bears, the team went out with a whimper on Sunday, lost a two point lead and lost 31:17 to the Minnesota Vikings.

After building a 14-0 lead, the Bears couldn’t figure out how to bring the ball forward with the fourth down and the way back to the end zone to give Minnesota the 14-point lead.

Dalton threw 325 yards and two interceptions and played in place of Justin Fields after the rookie was listed on the NFL’s COVID logs.

Justin Jefferson and Ihmir Smith-Marsette each had over 100 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota, and Dalvin Cook stormed to victory for 79 yards.

The Bears managed to get the ball into Vikings territory on their first drive of the day, but after a few incomplete passes from Dalton, Cairo Santos shot through a 43-yard field goal, giving Chicago a 3-0 lead.

While the Vikings’ offense failed to get under way, the Bears continued to let it stay in the game and failed to convert in consecutive 4th and brief situations, including one on the Minnesota 13-yard line to the Dalton to a loss of five Meters in the second quarter.

After another punt in Minnesota, the Bears managed to kick a field goal to make it 6-0. The Vikings then went three-and-a-half on their next run as well, and this time Chicago was finally able to capitalize on Dalton finding Damien Williams for a touchdown, just 31 seconds back in half. Allen Robinson caught the two-point conversion pass and gave Chicago a 14-0 lead.

As the half ended, signs of trouble began to emerge as cousins ​​Jefferson and Smith-Marsette found successive huge wins. The Vikings had to be content with a field goal at the end of half, the Bears were leading 14: 3 after 30 minutes.

The bears secondary school continued to struggle hard as the second half opened. Cousins ​​found Smith-Marsette for a 44-yard touchdown pass that made it a 14-10 game.

A Bears field goal made it 17:10, but the Vikings started fourth quarter with a furious comeback, punctuated with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson that knotted things 17:17.

On Minnesota’s next drive, cousins ​​found KJ Osborn for another 21-yard touchdown pass that gave Minnesota its first lead of the afternoon.

As if things couldn’t get worse, Dalton was picked up on the Bears’ next drive in fourth place, and Peterson returned the ball 66 yards for a touchdown, underscoring the Minnesota win.

The loss drops the Bears to 6-11 in the season and they will miss the postseason for the second time in four years.

The team are expected to part ways with Nagy after Sunday’s game, but no official announcement has been made.

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