The fact that it was a bizarre loss didn't make it hurt any less - Blair Walsh kicked a game-winning field goal in overtime to help the Vikings win 23-20, putting the Bears playoff hopes in peril.
The loss ruined a record-setting day by second-year wideout Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery broke his own team record for receiving yards in a single game, grabbing 12 throws for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Backup quarterback Josh McCown, again starting for the injured Jay Cutler, finished with 355 passing yards and no turnovers.
The Bears run defense seemed to be the team's biggest issue. Adrian Peterson gashed Chicago for 211 yards on 35 carries (6.0 yards per carry), and wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson scored on a 33 yard touchdown run in which the Bears missed several tackles both at the line and in the secondary. The team had defensive tackle Stephen Paea back in the lineup (sprained toe) and newly acquired Jay Ratliff made his Bears debut, but they were missing safety Major Wright (hamstring).
After the Lions blowout win against the Packers on Thanksgiving, Chicago falls into second place in the NFC North at 6-6. The Lions also own the tie-breaker, having beat Chicago in both of their games this season. The Bears next game is on Monday night December 9th at Soldier Field.
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