Bears Overcome Defensive Struggle, Edge Vikings with Late Field Goal

Cairo Santos' 30-yard field goal with 13 seconds left gave the Chicago Bears the victory

by Sededin Dedovic
Bears Overcome Defensive Struggle, Edge Vikings with Late Field Goal
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In a hard-fought defensive battle, the Chicago Bears emerged victorious over the Minnesota Vikings with a 12-10 win, thanks to a late 30-yard field goal by Kairo Santos. Both teams showed impressive defensive performances, preventing touchdowns until the last part of the game.

It was a fierce battle, one of the toughest games of the season so far. However, the Bears showed determination and managed to make a breakthrough at the end of the game. The first quarter ended goalless, with both sides unable to capitalize on their offensive opportunities.

Both teams traded field goals in the second quarter, with Santos kicking a 39-yarder midway through the third quarter to give the Bears a 6-3 lead. Santos extended the Bears' lead to 9-3 with another 55-yard field goal in the final 15 minutes.

However, the Vikings were able to take the lead with six minutes remaining when quarterback Josh Dobbs connected with Thiler Hockenson for a 17-yard touchdown pass, giving the Vikings a 10-9 lead. Undaunted, the Bears responded with a key drive that set up Santos' game-winning field goal with just 13 seconds left.

Santos' hit sealed the victory for the Bears, sending the Vikings home with a 6-6 tie.

Fields didn't have his night

Despite the Bears' win, quarterback Justin Fields struggled to find his rhythm, throwing for 217 yards and 59 touchdowns.

His top target, wide receiver DJ Moore, was able to save some of Fields' struggles, catching 11 passes for 114 yards. For the Vikings, Dobbs' inconsistent performance was costly. Although he did manage to throw for 185 yards and one touchdown, his four interceptions proved to be his undoing.

The other players weren't in too good of a mood either. With the win, the Bears improve to 4-8, while the Vikings fall to 6-6. The Bears will look to build on their momentum when they take on the Detroit Lions next week, while the Vikings will look to get back on track against the Green Bay Packers.

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