Thankfully, the Vikings were able to defend U.S. Bank Stadium in the regular season finale and defeated the Bears by a final score of 23-10 and gave themselves one well-deserved week of rest before heading into the playoffs.
The Vikings (13-3) clinched a first-round bye with the win over Chicago and may have spelled the end for Bears head coach John Fox, who is widely expected to be dismissed after his team finished 5-11. Latavius Murray scored his first of two 1-yard touchdown runs about six minutes into the game. Since the start of the 2016 season, Murray has 20 rushing touchdowns, which ranks second in the National Football League behind Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott (22). It was one of seven penalties for 91 yards whistled against Chicago in the first half, compared to just 53 yards of offense.
They eventually reached the Minnesota 6 on their first drive of the fourth quarter, but Trubisky threw four straight incompletions, turning the ball over on downs.
Case Keenum rebounded from a down outing last Saturday to complete 21-of-29 for 189 yards and a touchdown, a 15-yarder to Stefon Diggs - his eighth of the season to double his previous high and tie Kyle Rudolph for the team lead.
Man with guns arrested at Houston hotel
When police went to his room to retrieve his belongings, they found ammunition, an AR-15, a shotgun and a handgun, police said. The downtown hotel had planned a New Year's Eve celebration that expected hundreds of people to attend a 50,000 balloon drop.
View the best pregame images as the Vikings got set to take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Secure a first-round bye in the playoffs? The Vikings beat Dallas at home and then lost at New Orleans in overtime of the NFC Championship Game. It would be a major shock at this point if Fox did return to be the Bears' coach, and this 14-33 stretch with one game to go could be his last go-around as a head coach in the NFL.
Bears: Two starting offensive linemen, LT Bobby Massie and RG Josh Sitton, did not suit up. The entire Bears return unit acted as if Ryan Quigley's punt was headed toward Tarik Cohen to their right when it actually was going to the opposite side of the field to Callahan.