With the Minnesota Vikings locked into the number six seed and the Chicago Bears eliminated from playoff contention, the two teams faced off in a mathematically worthless game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings rested most of their starters to get them ready for the post-season and lost to the Bears in their final regular-season game of the year.

The first quarter was all Chicago. Every time the Vikings’ offense started to get rolling a turnover would stop them in their tracks. The Bears capitalized on those turnovers, by scoring two field goals to take a 6-0 lead.

Minnesota got on the board in the second. Two field goal makes by Dan Bailey, plus a field goal and a safety for Chicago left the Vikings trailing 11-6 at the half.

The Bears scored the first touchdown of the game in the third quarter to push out to 18-6. Minnesota was not able to really get their offense going until the fourth quarter when they scored a touchdown and two field goals to take a 19-18 lead.

With less than four minutes remaining, Chicago marched down the field and scored the game-winning field goal. The Vikings attempted a hail mary pass in the final seconds, but it was picked off. Minnesota lost it 21-19.

Sean Mannion completed 12 of 21 for 126 yards, one fumble, and two interceptions. Mike Boone had 17 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown. Bailey kicked a perfect 4 of 4 field goals and one point after attempt.

The Vikings fall to 10-6 and await their post-season fate. Next week they will face either the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers, or the New Orleans Saints on the road in the Wild Card round next weekend.

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