Time to find out if the Vikings' playoff hopes will live to fight another week or not.
Coming off of a frustrating loss in Tampa, the Vikings' backs are on the ropes in Week 15. A home loss to the Bears would make it virtually impossible for this team to secure the No. 7 seed in the NFC playoffs, and would turn the focus towards 2021 despite still having two games to play this year.
But if the Vikings can defend their home stadium and pick up a win, they could find themselves in the No. 7 spot by the end of the day if the Eagles are able to knock off the Cardinals.
There's no shortage of storylines to follow entering this one. Can the Vikings' offensive line hold up and allow Kirk Cousins to find Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson downfield? Will Dalvin Cook touch the ball 40 times? Can Dan Bailey make a kick? Which Mitch Trubisky will show up?
Alexander Mattison is active for the Vikings and will play for the first time since having his appendix removed a couple weeks ago. Eric Kendricks and Kyle Rudolph are out, but we already knew that.
For the Bears, standout rookie corner Jaylon Johnson is out, meaning Chicago will turn to 2019 sixth-round pick Duke Shelley and 2020 fifth-round pick Kindle Vildor at CB along with Kyle Fuller.
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Final Score: Bears 33, Vikings 27
Bears 30, Vikings 27
8:05 – The Vikings aren't dead yet. A long, slow, but impressive drive culminates in a Tyler Conklin touchdown reception and this is once again a three-point game.
Bears 30, Vikings 20
13:38 – The Vikings hold the Bears to a field goal, but they're running out of time to keep trading points like this. Need to go score a touchdown here and then actually get a stop. Can they do it?
Bears 27, Vikings 20
2:38 – The Vikings once again can't get the job done deep in the red zone and have to settle for a short field goal.
Bears 27, Vikings 17
5:37 – The Vikings' defense is an absolute mess today. They can't stop anything. David Montgomery is ripping off chunk after chunk and just ran in an 18-yard touchdown.
Bears 20, Vikings 17
10:57 – That was a strong first drive of the second half by the Vikings. Dalvin Cook punches in his 16th touchdown of the season to cut this to a three-point game.
Bears 20, Vikings 10
:30 – The Vikings fail to convert in the red zone (Irv Smith Jr. dropped the pass), but Dan Bailey's field goal at least cuts the deficit to 10. He's two for two on short kicks today.
Bears 20, Vikings 7
3:38 – The Vikings hold up in the red zone, with Todd Davis breaking up a pass on third down. Chicago settles for a field goal but is now up by 13 points. Vikings need to get some points here. They also get the ball to start the third quarter.
5:52 – This one is going in the wrong direction for the Vikings. They're stuffed on fourth down at their own 34 and the Bears take over with a chance to stretch their lead even further.
Bears 17, Vikings 7
6:46 – After a drive that lasted forever due to penalties and timeouts, the Bears finally punch it in the end zone with David Montgomery. This is suddenly a two-score deficit for the Vikings in a must-win game.
14:12 – Kirk Cousins gets strip-sacked by Robert Quinn, but the Vikings are lucky to recover it. Still forces a punt. The Bears' pressure is a big-time problem for Cousins and this offensive line.
Bears 10, Vikings 7
1:16 – The Bears move the ball well again but the drive stalls in Vikings territory. Cairo Santos drills the 42-yard field goal to give Chicago the lead back.
Bears 7, Vikings 7
4:46 – Pretty impressive response from the Vikings there. They drive 75 yards in eight plays, with multiple passes of 20-plus yards, finished off by Adam Thielen's 13th touchdown of the season. More importantly, Dan Bailey made the extra point.
Bears 7, Vikings 0
9:07 – The Bears strike first. With good field position, Chicago gets a couple big plays from David Montgomery and Allen Robinson (the latter of which was unsuccessfully challenged by Mike Zimmer) and caps it off with a touchdown pass to a wide-open Darnell Mooney.
11:08 – Both teams have traded three and outs so far. Todd Davis sacked Mitch Trubisky on third down to end Chicago's drive, and the Vikings' drive was doomed by a sack on first down.