Cousins Leads Vikings in Comeback Victory Over Bears in Finale (Minneapolis, MN) — Kirk Cousins threw 3 touchdowns in the second half and lead the Vikings over the Bears in the season finale 31-17. Down 14-0 in the second quarter, it appeared Minnesota was throwing in the towel in what could be viewed as a meaningless game. Neither team qualifies for the playoffs, and both organizations could see significant changes coming in the offseason.
The Chicago Bears dominated the time of possession in the first half, controlling the ball for nearly twenty minutes compared to the Vikings ten. They scored on their opening drive after kicker Cairo Santos converted a 43 yard field goal. Santos would make another from 46 yards a few drives later to put Chicago up 6. On the very next possession, the Bears scored their only touchdown of the day. Andy Dalton connected with Damien Williams for a 23 yard score. The Vikings responded by getting on the board before halftime on a Greg Joseph 39 yard field goal.
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Bears led 14-3 at the half
Running back Dalvin Cook exploded up the sideline for 25 yards on the opening drive of the third quarter. Cousins then connected with receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette for a 44 yard touchdown. Chicago followed with a 10 play 59 yard drive and was poised to put more points on the board in the red zone. However on 4th and goal, Dalton was sacked by linebacker Anthony Barr for a loss of 15 yards and turned it over on downs. Chicago turned it over on down 5 times on the afternoon.
Jefferson looking to make history
Receiver Justin Jefferson was trying to break Randy Moss’s single-season franchise record of receiving yards. Moss had 1632 receiving yards back in 2003, and Jefferson finished 17 yards shy of the record. He caught 5 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. His 45 yard touchdown reception from Cousins tied the game at 17 in 4th period.
Cousins finished 14 of 22 for 250 yards, and helped Minnesota end the season with a win after losing their last two games. Smith-Marsette had 3 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. K.J Osborn contributed with a reception of 21 yards and a touchdown. Cook rushed 14 times for 79 yards. The Vikings finish with a losing record for the second consecutive season at 8-9.
Dalton went 33 out of 48 for 325 yards, threw a touchdown and two interceptions. Mooney had 12 receptions for 126 yards. Montgomery carried the ball 20 times for 72 yards. Chicago finishes the season 6-11.
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Cousins Leads Vikings in Comeback Victory Over Bears in Finale