The Bears took advantage of the shorthanded Vikings to finish the 2019 season with a 21-19 win Sunday afternoon. Mitch Trubisky orchestrated a scoring drive inside the final two minutes to salvage the victory with Eddy Pineiro’s go-ahead field goal.
The Vikings, having already clinched the No. 6 seed in the NFC, benched many of their key players ahead of the game. Instead of Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook, the Bears’ defense had to stop Sean Mannion and Mike Boone.
Mannion struggled throughout the game, but Boone blew up with 17 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown. It’s the most rushing yards by a player against the Bears’ defense since Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery ran for 162 in 2016.
The Bears wrap up the 2019 season with an 8-8 record.
Final score: Bears 21, Vikings 19
Bears 21, Vikings 19: With 12 seconds to go, Eddy Pineiro hits the go-ahead field goal. He’s 4-of-4 in the game.
Vikings 19, Bears 18: The Vikings just ran out of timeouts and the Bears should have a chance to take the clock inside 20 seconds before setting up a field goal attempt.
Vikings 19, Bears 18: Trying to milk the clock, Mitch Trubisky hits Allen Robinson for a 3-yard gain on third-and-2 to keep the offense on the field. Big play.
Vikings 19, Bears 18: Mitch Trubisky delivers! The QB finds a streaking Riley Ridley on the right side for a 34-yard gain before the receiver gets tripped up. The Bears will have first down at the Vikings’ 17 when play resumes after the two-minute warning.
Vikings 19, Bears 18: After converting a couple first downs to get near midfield, the Bears are facing a fourth-and-9 that could decide the game.
Vikings 19, Bears 18: The Bears’ defense holds up on a short field, but Dan Bailey stays perfect with a 34-yard field goal to put Minnesota ahead.
Bears 18, Vikings 16: Wow. Mitch Trubisky fumbles on the second straight play and this time it’s recovered by Ifeadi Odenigbo. The lineman returned it all the way to the end zone, but it was ruled that he was down by contact at the Bears’ 23.
Bears 18, Vikings 16: Mitch Trubisky fumbles in the backfield after being sacked but manages to recover it.
Bears 18, Vikings 16: After the Bears get the stop, Dan Bailey hits the 39-yard field goal to cut the lead to two points.
Bears 18, Vikings 13: The Vikings go backwards as Oli Udoh gets called for unnecessary roughness following a post-play scuffle. That puts them in a tough third-and-18 situation down a score.
Bears 18, Vikings 13: Alexander Hollins makes a huge catch for 35 yards to put the Vikings at the Bears’ 13. That’s the biggest pass play of the game for Minnesota.
Bears 18, Vikings 13: A brutal unnecessary roughness penalty on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gives the Vikings a free first down after they’d be stopped on third-and-2.
Bears 18, Vikings 13: On third-and-10, the Bears yet fail to pass beyond the first down line, and Tarik Cohen gets taken down a yard short.
Bears 18, Vikings 13: Mike Boone completes the eight-play, 43-yard drive with the Vikings’ first touchdown of the game.
Third quarter: Bears 18, Vikings 6
Bears 18, Vikings 6: Mitch Trubisky gets stuffed on a QB sneak on fourth-and-1, giving the ball back to the Vikings late in the third quarter.
Bears 18, Vikings 6: Allen Robinson with an amazing catch on third down, but he gets whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct for yelling in the face of a Vikings defender afterwards.
Bears 18, Vikings 6: The Vikings go three-and-out after a good run by Mike Boone on third down gets called back for holding.
Bears 18, Vikings 6: What a drive from David Montgomery, who finishes off a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a 14-yard rumble up the middle. The linemen did a good job of shoving the pile into the end zone to complete the play.
Bears 11, Vikings 6: David Montgomery keeps getting the rock to open the third quarter and it’s working as he’s ran for 43 yards on five carries.
Halftime: Bears 11, Vikings 6
Bears 11, Vikings 6: A good tackle by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on third down forces the Vikings to settle for a 38-yard field goal.
Bears 11, Vikings 3: Mike Boone takes off for 41 yards to give the Vikings a shot to score inside the final minute of the half. He’s up to 126 rushing yards in the first half.
Bears 11, Vikings 3: Eddy Pineiro hits from 34 yards for his third field goal of the afternoon.
Bears 8, Vikings 3: Taking advantage of the safety, the Bears are slicing into Vikings territory on the subsequent drive. A 17-yard pass to Javon Wims was one of their biggest of the game so far.
Bears 8, Vikings 3: Mike Boone gets taken down for a safety to give the Bears a couple points and possession.
Bears 6, Vikings 3: Bears announce Anthony Miller is questionable to return (shoulder) and Cordarelle Patterson is out for the game (concussion).
Bears 6, Vikings 3: The drive stalls out near midfield, but Pat O’Donnell bombs away a 57-yard punt that’s downed at the Vikings’ own 1-yard line. A good play by the special teams unit.
Bears 6, Vikings 3: The Bears get gifted a first down with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Andrew Sendejo.
Bears 6, Vikings 3: After a good pass over the middle to a wide open Allen Robinson for 18 yards, the offense line gets overwhelmed for an easy sack on Mitch Trubisky.
Bears 6, Vikings 3: Anthony Miller, stepping in for Cordarrelle Patterson while he’s in concussion protocol, goes down on the kick return. Team personnel helped him off the field and into the blue medical tent.
Bears 6, Vikings 3: After the Bears get the stop at their own 19, the Vikings’ Dan Bailey hits a 37-yard field goal to cut the lead in half.
Bears 6, Vikings 0: The Vikings converted a pair of third-and-7 situations, then turned to Mike Boone for a 14-yard run to put them into field goal territory.
First quarter: Bears 6, Vikings 0
Bears 6, Vikings 0: Another trip to the end zone ends with a short field goal from Eddy Pineiro.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: Mitch Trubisky goes down the middle to Allen Robinson for a 15-yard gain on third-and-15. The Bears are now 3-of-4 on third downs so far.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: Another takeaway! Dalvin Cook bobbles a pass and Kevin Pierre-Louis is right there to catch the ball for the first interception of his NFL career.
Bears 3, Vikings 0: The drive stalls out at the Vikings’ 8, so the Bears settle for a 26-yard field goal from Eddy Pineiro.
Bears 0, Vikings 0: A couple third-down conversions have the Bears on the move on their first offensive drive of the game.
Bears 0, Vikings 0: On the next play, Sean Mannion and Mike Boone screw up the handoff, leading to a fumble recovered by Bilal Nichols. That’s the first takeaway by the Bears in a few weeks.
Bears 0, Vikings 0: Mike Boone takes off on the Vikings’ first offensive play of the game for 59 yards to put them at the Bears’ 16. Not a good start.
Before the game
The Bears try to end their 2019 regular season on a high note with a Week 17 matchup against the Vikings on Sunday afternoon. It’s a low stakes game for both sides as Minnesota gets ready for the playoffs while Matt Nagy’s squad takes the field one last time before a long offseason.
Nagy lived up to his claims throughout the week that he’d play his healthy starters by listing all of them active Sunday morning. The same couldn’t be said for the Vikings, who won’t be playing quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Dalvin Cook and several other key players as they turn an eye toward their Wild Card Round matchup in a week.
The Packers clinched the NFC North title with last week’s win over Minnesota and can clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Lions on Sunday. The Vikings are already locked into the No. 6 seed in the NFC, so they’ll be unaffected by the results of Week 17.