The Bears came through under the bright lights of “Sunday Night Football” for a 25-20 win over the Vikings. Mitch Trubisky had his ups and downs but the defense looked stellar and kicker Cody Parkey rebounded from last week’s debacle with a perfect evening.
The big story of Week 11 was the strong play of the Bears’ defense. Khalil Mack forced another fumble, Eddie Jackson recorded another pick six and the Vikings mustered just 22 rushing yards off 14 carries. Kirk Cousins finished with 262 passing yards and two touchdowns, but much of that came while trying to rally in the second half.
Parkey helped stave off that potential comeback with a 48-yard field goal in the final minutes to extend the lead to 11. He elicited a big cheer early in the game when he hit his first attempt and appears to be past the four misses that occurred a week ago.
The Bears lead the NFC North with a 7-3 record, ahead of the 5-4-1 Vikings and 4-5-1 Packers. Relive their Week 11 victory below.
Final score: Bears 25, Vikings 20
Bears 25, Vikings 20: Benny Cunningham recovers the onside kick to seemingly put the seal on this one.
Bears 25, Vikings 20: The Vikings executed a quick drive punctuated by a Stefon Diggs touchdown catch to cut the lead down with 48 seconds left. However, they were unable to convert the two-point conversion, so even if they get the onside kick, they’ll need another TD.
Bears 25, Vikings 14: Cody Parkey draws a roar from the crowd by hitting a 48-yard field goal to extend the lead to two scores. That was mildly stressful.
Bears 22, Vikings 14: Harrison Smith takes a late shot at Mitch Trubisky and gets flagged for a 15-yard penalty that pushes the Bears into Vikings territory.
Bears 22, Vikings 14: Mitch Trubisky hits Allen Robinson with a huge third-down conversion to keep milking the clock. Big throw from the second-year QB.
Bears 22, Vikings 14: Aldrick Robinson hauls in the pass from Kirk Cousins for the Vikings’ first touchdown of the game. The Vikings’ first attempt at the two-point conversion failed but they got a second chance due to a penalty which succeeded.
Bears 22, Vikings 6: The Vikings’ drive gets extra life with a pass interference penalty on Roquan Smith that pushes the ball right to the Bears’ 20.
Bears 22, Vikings 6: EDDIE JACKSON PICK SIX!! A game-changing play by the Bears safety to score his fourth career touchdown. Oh, and they went for two again and converted with a lob pass to Adam Shaheen to push the lead back up to 16.
Bears 14, Vikings 6: A risky pass on third down nearly gets intercepted but the Bears will take the punt instead. Minnesota should have a long field to try to tie this game up with about eight minutes to go.
Bears 14, Vikings 6: Mitch Trubisky finds Taylor Gabriel with a really good pass to his left for a third-down conversion. Not only does it keep the drive alive but the Bears can continue wasting time off the clock now.
Bears 14, Vikings 6: Akiem Hicks plows through the middle for the sack on third down to keep the Vikings out of the end zone. Dan Bailey hit another 36-yard field goal.
Bears 14, Vikings 3: Tarik Cohen loses a fumble for the Bears’ third turnover of the game. The Vikings will have a short field to try to cut further into the deficit.
Bears 14, Vikings 3: The Vikings give the Bears a favor on the first play of the fourth quarter with another late hit penalty.
Third quarter: Bears 14, Vikings 3
Bears 14, Vikings 3: The Vikings are forced to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Dan Bailey just before the end of the quarter, but they’re on the scoreboard.
Bears 14, Vikings 0: Mack sack!
Bears 14, Vikings 0: The Vikings convert a big fourth-and-1 to keep their drive alive inside the red zone.
Bears 14, Vikings 0: Anthony Harris’ second interception of the game looked to come off a poor decision from Mitch Trubisky. Allen Robinson was pretty closely covered and Trubisky tried to find space for him anyway.
Bears 14, Vikings 0: The Vikings’ offensive line has been having trouble with the pass rush all night. Their latest drive had some movement but ultimately stalled out near midfield for another punt.
Bears 14, Vikings 0: The Bears announce that Aaron Lynch won’t return to the game in the second half due to a concussion.
Halftime: Bears 14, Vikings 0
Bears 14, Vikings 0: FAMOUS AMOS! Adrian Amos picks off a bad pass by Kirk Cousins for the Bears’ second takeaway of the game.
Bears 14, Vikings 0: A bad missed tackle by Roquan Smith lets Stefon Diggs find some open field for a 25-yard gain. The Vikings have the ball at the Bears’ 32 with no timeouts and 25 seconds left on the clock, so it’ll be interesting to see how they play this.
Bears 14, Vikings 0: Helped by a late hit penalty on the Vikings’ defense, the Bears set up another successful field goal from Cody Parkey, who is now 2-for-2 in the game. Minnesota will have 50 seconds to try to score before the end of the half.
Bears 11, Vikings 0: Another three-and-out for the Bears’ defense leads to a Vikings punt.
Bears 11, Vikings 0: A tipped ball bounces off the hands of Bryce Callahan, who was *this* close to having an interception.
Bears 11, Vikings 0: Anthony Miller, never one to be shy, comes through in the spotlight with a sliding catch for a touchdown. And then in an interesting coaching decision by Matt Nagy, the Bears go for the two-point conversion and succeed to push their lead to 11.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: Mitch Trubisky keeps doing damage with his feet, much to the delight of the NBC broadcast crew and Bears fans alike.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: Khalil Mack hits Kirk Cousins on third down to help ensure the three-and-out. Strong start for the Bears’ star pass rusher.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: Minnesota takes the ball right back with an interception off a deep ball intended for Taylor Gabriel. That’s the eighth interception thrown this season by Mitch Trubisky.
First quarter: Bears 3, Vikings 0
Bears 3, Vikings 0: TURNOVER! Khalil Mack forces the fumble on Dalvin Cook and the Bears recover to end the Vikings’ drive in the red zone.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: The Vikings get moving off a pass interference call on Kyle Fuller, who got his left hand hooked onto Laquon Treadwell’s hip.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: And right after Parkey hits a massive cheer from the crowd, he boots the kickoff out of bounds so the Vikings will get the ball at their own 40. Let’s focus on the made field goal for now.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: CODY PARKEY HITS FROM 33 YARDS!! Back in business.
Bears 0, Vikings 0: The Bears are into field goal territory but the Vikings record their first sack of the game to force a third-and-16. Without a conversion we’ll be seeing Cody Parkey for the first time.
Bears 0, Vikings 0: Mitch Trubisky makes an impressive effort on third-and-7 to get the first down. There were a couple times on that run where the Vikings could’ve stopped the QB and the drive but he proved too slippery.
Bears 0, Vikings 0: The defense came through with a big stop on third-and-short to deliver the three-and-out on the first series of the game. Matt Wile is the punter for the Vikings.
Bears 0, Vikings 0: The Bears won the coin toss and made their usual decision to defer, so the Vikings will get the ball to open the game.
Before the game
The Bears and Vikings hit center stage for a “Sunday Night Football” matchup with major implications in the NFC North standings this evening at 7:20 p.m. CT. NBC decided weeks ago to flex the game into prime time in order to give a greater audience to what could be a coming out party for the remodeled Bears.
The stakes are high for both sides entering this Week 11 matchup. The Bears have won three consecutive games to lead the division with a 6-3 record.The Vikings won four of their last five games to improve to 5-3-1 before spending last week on a bye. While it’s too early to count out the Packers, it’s looking like the division may come down to the two teams playing Sunday night.
One of the big questions burning all week is how Mitch Trubisky will perform in such a big game. The quarterback earned accolades for his performance against the Lions a week ago and seems to be progressing with more time in Matt Nagy’s offense, but he’s never played in such an important game against such a good team. Everyone will be watching closely to see how he responds.
The defense will also have its work cut out with the array of weapons Minnesota brings to the table. Between Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph, quarterback Kirk Cousins has a lot of options to keep opponents guessing.
How to watch Bears vs. Vikings
Time: 7:20 p.m. CT
Live stream: NBC Sports Live