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Blair Walsh Boots The Game Winner In Chicago

The streak of seven consecutive losses for the Vikings in the Windy City came to an end Sunday when Blair Walsh split the uprights with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a dramatic 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Walsh’s game winner was set up by a terrific Charles Johnson jump ball reception with less than a minute to play. The 6’2″ wide receiver flashed his vertical skills as he went up to high-point a 37-yard deep shot down the right sideline on 2nd-and-six from the Vikings’ 36 moving them in field goal range.

It was Stefon Diggs however, who stole the show once again with a 40-yard catch and run for the score to tie the game at 20 with 1:49 to play. On a big 3rd-and-four from Chicago’s 40 yard line, Bridgewater had plenty of time to find Diggs on a crossing route which he broke back to the outside and went up the left sideline for the touchdown.

On a day that didn’t feature the best of Teddy Bridgewater (17 of 30 for 187 yards 1 touchdown and 1 interception), the Vikings got 103 yards rushing from Adrian Peterson plus a Marcus Sherels 65-yard punt return to the house helping capture a second-straight division road win. The Vikings improve to 5-2 on the season.

37 year old Terrence Newman led the defense with seven total tackles and was tested often by Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery. The duo connected 10 times for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. The defense wasn’t dominate, but with the game on the line, they forced a big three-and-out with 60 seconds to play giving the Vikings a chance to move into game winning field goal range.

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10 Comments

  1. Walsh certainly in the running for player of the game…Maybe Diggs. Looks like we have ourselves a good one with this dude! Teddy didn’t play well for most of the day, at the end he did what needed to be done…with some help.
    it would be cool to be only 1 game out of 1st place after tonight. Cmon Denver.

  2. Teddy had time most of the day. In fact I thought that the O-LINE had their best game of the season and that’s why A.P. had a good day

    1. Norv even said the o line didn’t protect Teddy well. Norv said Teddy had to move out of the pocket too many times and missed a couple open wrs because of it.

    1. Yes we did WTF. Packers looked slow, Vikes team speed is better. No doubt in my mind that we can beat those guys this year. Vikings just might be the better team this year…long way to go. Zimmer just might be the guy that can keep a team motivated.
      I like this TEAM.

  3. good to win in chicago and see the chokers lose. teddy’s int was a very poor decision, but he came through at the end

    POTG is walsh

  4. Great TEAM win!
    On a day when scoring was difficult,Special Teams came up big with Sherels TD and winning FG,Defence stood up when the chips were down,and Offence did enough at the end to lock up a win.
    Great to see Adrian hitting holes and not dancing around in the back field.
    I think Zim is finally getting his message across and everyone is buying in.Roll on the Zim train!

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