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Bears Take Care Of Business, Claim 40-14 Win Over Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2010 – 11:41 pm

The Vikings reign over the NFC North – they were back-to-back champions in 2008 and 2009 – officially ended on Monday night as the Chicago Bears claimed their 10th victory of the season via a 40-14 decision at TCF Bank Stadium to mark their 10th win of the season and also clinch the division title.

To cap a week of twists and turns that saw the Vikings move Monday night’s game from Mall of America Field to TCF Bank Stadium because of a roof collapse at the Metrodome, QB Brett Favre threw everyone threw another loop by making himself available to start. He had been ruled out earlier in the week but made significant improvement in the days leading up to the game and was able to play after feeling good following a pre-game exercise on the field.

Favre came out and looked sharp, guiding the Vikings to a TD on the team’s opening possession. He found WR Percy Harvin for a 23-yard catch-and-run to give the Purple a 7-0 lead. But Chicago went on to score 27 unanswered points and take control of the game. Favre was knocked out in the 2nd quarter, superstar RB Adrian Peterson was inactive, and the Vikings were never able to generate momentum after their early score.

Jay Cutler and Co. did nothing to amaze anyone, but they were solid and did enough to come out with a convincing win. Cutler was 14 of 24 for 194 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT on the night, completing passes to 7 different receivers and also receiving support from Matt Forte with 92 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Chicago was the beneficiary of a lethargic Vikings offense that generated just 14 points in 14 possessions. The Bears responded by tallying 4 FGs, 3 offensive TDs and 1 special teams TD (Devin Hester punt return). The Bears had just 1 more first down and only 20 more yards of total offense, but they won the turnover battle and were better on special teams.

The Vikings got their 2nd TD via a 13-yard TD dash by Joe Webb in a play that allowed the rookie QB to  flash his potential as an athletic QB. As well as Webb performed while pulling the ball down and scrambling, though, he wasn’t able to get the passing game going. He was intercepted twice, threw no TDs and was sacked 3 times.

It all added up to a disappointing outcome for the Vikings as they fall to 5-9 on the season and watch the Bears leave town with the NFC North title.

We’ll have more coverage of tonight’s game right here on vikings.com, so stay tuned for more updates on the blog, a game recap in the “headlines” section and also post-game press conferences in on-demand format.


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Favre Starts But Leaves Game With Head Injury

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on December 20, 2010 – 8:58 pm

QB Brett Favre surprisingly started tonight for the Vikings but left the game in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head.

Favre was listed on the injury report as ‘out’ on Saturday, but made progress with his shoulder / arm injury between then and tonight and was upgraded to ‘questionable’ on the injury report mid-day Monday.  He warmed up prior to the game and was able to start, and connected with Percy Harvin for a first quarter touchdown that – at the time – put the Vikings in the lead.

However, he took a huge hit midway through the second quarter and was down for about a minute before heading to the sideline.  The team announced his return was doubtful with a head injury.  He was replaced by Joe Webb.


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Mr. Hippe’s Weather Report

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2010 – 7:43 pm

Mr. Hippe doesn’t usually get to submit a weather report for home games, but he does tonight because the Vikings are hosting the Bears at TCF Bank Stadium.

He’s checked in with a weather alert, calling the temperature 18 degrees and also noting some light snow in the skies.

It’s game time!


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Commissioner Goodell Calls Meetings Today “Productive”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2010 – 6:23 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with reporters at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday evening at 6:00 in advance of the Vikings-Bears Monday Night Football game and was asked about a variety of issues, most notably the stadium issue that faces the State of Minnesota and the Vikings.

Commissioner Goodell said the “series of meetings” he had today, including a meeting with Governor Elect Mark Dayton, were “productive” and he seemed confident all parties involved were working together to find a long-term stadium solution.

We’ll have video of Commissioner Goodell’s press conference available on vikings.com in “on-demand” format tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.


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Things To Keep An Eye On Tonight

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2010 – 6:10 pm

As if a Vikings-Bears game on Monday Night Football in an outdoor venue with snow flying wasn’t enough, there are several players to keep an eye on tonight as they approach statistical milestones. Here’s the rundown…

– With a start, QB Brett Favre can tie the NFL record for the most starts after turning 40 years old. Favre has started 24 games since turning 40 and trails just Warren Moon and Vinny Testaverde, who both started 25 after 40.
— With 300 yards passing, Favre can tie QB Dan Marino for the most games with 300+ passing yards. Favre has 62 in his career and trails Marino’s 63.
— LB E.J. Henderson needs 2 INTs to tie Rip Hawkins (1961) for the most INTs by a linebacker in a single season.
— P Chris Kluwe can set a new team record for career games with a 50-yard punt. Kluwe has 68 games and is tied with Greg Coleman for the most in team history.
— Kluwe can break his own record for most punts inside the 20 in a single season. Kluwe has 29 on the year, and his team record is 33.
— RB Adrian Peterson needs 1 rushing TD to tie the Vikings team record for the most career rushing TDs. Peterson has 51 rushing
TDs in 58 games and trails Chuck Foreman and Bill Brown, who both fi nished their careers with 52.
— Peterson can continue to climb higher in the top 10 in NFL history for the most rushing yards in the first 4 seasons. He currently has 5,633 rushing yards, which ranks 8th and trails Barry Sanders’ 5,674 for 7th, Emmitt Smith’s 5,699 for 6th and Jamal Lewis’ 5,763 for 5th.


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Tonight’s Inactives

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on December 20, 2010 – 6:00 pm

Here are the Vikings inactives for tonight’s game against the Bears:

QB RJ Archer, QB Patrick Ramsey (3rd QB), WR Greg Lewis, S Tyrell Johnson, RB Adrian Peterson, S Jamarca Sanford, OL Thomas Welch, and DT Jimmy Kennedy.

Note that QB Brett Favre is active and will start after his status on the injury report was changed to ‘questionable’ earlier today.  He was ruled ‘out’ on Saturday but his arm / shoulder improved since then apparently.

Peterson was injured in last week’s loss in Detroit against the Giants and missed two days of practice last week but did participate in a limited basis on Saturday and was questionable for tonight’s game.


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Vikings Historically On Monday Night Football

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2010 – 5:17 pm

The Vikings are 26-27 all-time on Monday Night Football, including a 15-7 record at home, an 11-19 record away and 0-1 neutral site record in the 53 MNF games. The game this week will be the 12th between the Vikings and Bears on Monday Night Football – the most times facing an opponent on MNF in Vikings history.

Due to a unique scheduling glitch, the Vikings will play back-to-back games on Monday night for the 1st time in team history – having rescheduled the NY Giants game to Detroit on Monday, 12/13/10.

The Vikings have been a part of some exceptional performances, both for and against, on Monday Night Football. Only 4 Vikings RBs have ran for 100 yards in a Monday Night game while 5 diff erent Vikings QBs have throw for 300+ yards. The Vikings have returned 2 punts for TDs, a kickoff return for a TD and a blocked FG for a TD on Monday Night.

Opponents have also had some record-setting performances against the Vikings on Mondays. Cowboys legend RB Tony Dorsett has the longest run in NFL history, a 99-yard TD, in the Metrodome on January 3, 1983 in the 1982 season finale, the 1st season of football in the Dome. San Francisco’s Jerry Rice hauled in 14 catches for 289 yards against the Vikings on December 18, 1995. At New Orleans in 2008, Reggie Bush returned 2 punts for TDs (71, 64).


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Vikings-Bears Broadcast Info

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2010 – 4:15 pm

Around 50,000 people will pack TCF Bank Stadium tonight to watch the Vikings and Bears battle on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. But there will be many more of you unable to attend the game. So, here are the ways you can take in the action…

– As usual, we’ll have a live chat here on vikings.com during the game. We’ll launch the chat just before kickoff, so be sure to join us.

– The game will be televised by ESPN as the Monday Night Football broadcast. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties while Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski will be the game analysts. Both Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya will take sideline reporting duties.

– The national radio broadcast will be handled by Westwood One, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) calling the action from the booth and Mark Malone on the sidelines.

–But if you’re going to use the radio to checkout the game, I recommend tuning in to either KFAN-AM 1130 or KTLK 100.3 FM to hear Paul Allen call the action and Pete Bercich handle the analysis. Greg Coleman is the sideline reporter. Also, Mike Mussman will anchor the pre-game show, which begins at 5:30 p.m. CT.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.


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Crews Working Hard To Prep TFC Bank Stadium For Tonight’s Game

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2010 – 3:35 pm

vikings.com is firmly entrenched in the press box at TCF Bank Stadium, fully functioning and ready to bring you complete coverage of tonight’s Vikings-Bears Monday Night Football game. Our perch up here gives us a great view of the work being done to clear the snow off the field.

Mother Nature is not helping, as the massive weather system that is hitting Minnesota continues to dump snow on the field. We can easily see the field and stands, but looking beyond the stadium towards the University of Minnesota campus we can’t see more than a couple hundred yards. Conditions are supposed to remain like this for hours, which will make for a lot of work but also a fun football game to watch.

Be sure to stick with us all afternoon and evening for coverage of the game. We’ll have updates here for the next few hours, the inactives at 6:00 p.m., a live game chat beginning at kickoff and then comprehensive post-game coverage that includes live press conferences from interim head coach Leslie Frazier.

Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. The Vikings official Twitter account is @VikingsFootball.

That’s it for now, but we’ll be back with more as game time approaches.


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Favre Updated From “Out” To “Questionable”; Hutchinson To IR

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2010 – 12:06 pm

The Vikings have updated QB Brett Favre’s status for tonight’s game from “Out” to “Questionable.” Favre will try to throw about two hours prior to kickoff and then a final determination will be made on if he can play. If Favre is able to play in the game, it is not known if he would start or be in a backup role.

The Vikings have notified both the NFL and the Chicago Bears of the update.

“Brett Favre attempted to throw the football two days ago and was unable to, due to pain in the SC joint and residual numbness from a  brachial plexus injury,” Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman said. “He delcard himself out at that time. He woke up this morning feeling much improved. His symptoms and function have improved dramatically over the past 24 hours. In fairness to him and his team, he would like to be given the opportunity to play tonight if physically able.”

Be sure to check with vikings.com at 6:00 p.m. tonight for the official list of Vikings inactives.

In other news, the Vikings have placed LG Steve Hutchinson on Injured Reserve and have promoted R.J. Archer from the Practice Squad to the Active Roster.


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