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Requires, Vikings nail-biter ends in Chicago victory

September 15th, 2013

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The writer Cutler came through just in time again.

Cutler threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left to lead the Chicago Bears to a 31-30 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota ‘s Blair Walsh had just kicked a 22-yard field goal along with 3:15 remaining when Chicago took over at its 34. Cutler, who brought the Bears back from an 11-point deficit in a season-opening win over Cincinnati, struck again.

A 23-yard pass to Bennett along the sideline put the ball on the sixteen. Cutler then spiked the ball before connecting with Bennett in the front corner of the end zone. Robbie Gould kicked the go-ahead extra point and Chicago (2-0 ) remained unbeaten under new coach Marc Trestman despite doing four turnovers.

Cutler completed 28 of 39 goes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. But he was also intercepted twice and got stripped by Jared Allen on a sack, leading to a 61-yard touchdown return for Brian Robison in the second quarter.

Devin Hester returned five kickoffs for a Bears-record 249 back yards — including a 76-yarder and an 80-yarder.

Bennett had seventy six yards receiving and two touchdowns. Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Matt Forte chipped in with 74 yards receiving and 90 back yards rushing.

Minnesota ‘s Cordarrelle Patterson returned the starting kickoff 105 yards to connect a club record. Christian Think about threw for 227 yards, a touchdown and an interception after getting picked off three times in a season-opening loss to Detroit. Adrian Peterson ran for 100 yards, but the Vikings (0-2 ) remained winless at Soldier Field since the year of 2007.

They looked as though they might pull this one out right after two 13-play drives led to 28-yard field goals by Walsh, turning a 24-21 halftime deficit in to a 27-24 advantage in the fourth one fourth.

The first came right after Chicago ‘s Isaiah Frey recovered a fumble by Jarius Wright in the end zone, only to have it overturned on a replay review. Harrison Cruz set up the second when he intercepted a long pass from Cutler to Marshall at the 12 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Peterson kept the drive going with a 4-yard run to the 14 on fourth-and-1, only to be hit with a 13-yard loss at the next play, and Walsh kicked the go-ahead field goal with just over 8 minutes left.

Letroy Guion stripped Forte of the ball near midfield on Chicago ‘s next possession. Which led to Walsh ‘s 22-yarder which made it a six-point game, however Cutler and the Bears had another rally in them.

The particular late theatrics capped a game which featured no shortage of big plays in the early going.

Patterson got this one off to an explosive begin with that huge return to start the overall game, taking advantage of some big holes as well as sprinting past a lunging Gould on the way to the end zone. The particular 105-yarder matched the club report set by Percy Harvin last year and was the first kickoff return for the touchdown by a Bears opponent because 2007.

After Patterson ‘s big return, Hester came back the kickoff 76 yards prior to being pushed out of bounds at the thirty-two. That led to a 1-yard TD catch for Bennett.

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