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Bears Matchup Flashback: Purple Rain-ing On the Vikings Parade in 2019

The Bears and Vikings battle for the 119th time in the history of the rivalry this week. The 118th head-to-head clash was a good time for the Monsters of the Midway.

The Chicago Bears will battle the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. This matchup will be the 119th meeting between the two teams. Currently, the Vikings hold a slim 60-56-2 advantage.

In the Matt Nagy era, the Bears have won all four clashes. However, one doesn’t have to venture too far to remember the last time the Bears and Vikings faced off.

On December 29th, 2019, the 7-8 Chicago Bears traveled north to take on the 10-5 Minnesota Vikings. This Week 17 matchup didn’t mean much to the home team as they had already wrapped up a playoff spot.

The Vikings started most of their second- and third-string players in this game. However, this turned out to be a fairly uneventful four quarters of football.

Right off the bat, the Vikings popped off a 59-yard run by running back Mike Boone. On the very next play, a botched toss to Boone ended up being recovered by Eddie Jackson. That miscue ultimately resulted in a successful field goal by Eddy Pineiro.

Legendary Vikings quarterback, Sean Mannion, decided to be a super nice guy and help the Bears out by completing a pass to Kevin Pierre-Louis. Subsequently, Pineiro hit another FG to give the Bears a 6-0 lead.

The Vikings swiftly responded to with a field goal of their own. The beloved Bears would do nothing offensively and following a Pat O’Donnell punt that pinned the Vikings deep, Nick Kwiatkoski gently wrestled Mr. Boone to the ground in the Vikings’ end zone for safety.

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As one can tell, the Vikings were in the Holiday spirit as they were handing out gifts all first half. Just before halftime, both teams would exchange field goals and make it an 11-8 score heading into the break.

Soon after the start of the second half, the Bears went on a nine-play, 75-yard journey and came away with a touchdown. Eventually, the Vikings would would add a touchdown and two field goals of their own interspersed between a couple of Bears miscues.

Finally, the Bears took over at their own 25 with 4:53 left on the clock. The offense marched 71 yards down the field to set up an Eddy Pineiro game-winning field goal, which, of course, he drilled.

Oh yeah, the Vikings had 0:10 remaining for one last shot. That effort ended in an interception by Eddie Jackson.

The Bears won 21-19 to finish the season 8-8. David Montgomery logged 113 yards on 23 carries (4.9 average) and this game eventually ended up being the last the Bears would play in front of a full crowd to this point.


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