Most of our worst expectations for tonight’s game came true: The field was hard and slippery. Brett Favre did not make it through the game. The Bears’ defense was dominating. Devin Hester did burn us in the return game. And, oh yeah, Joe Webb did end up looking like the rookie quarterback he is. Take everything together and what do you get? A 40-14 drubbing at the hands of a clearly superior opponent. It was a night of big plays for the Bears, the biggest being a 67-yard Johnny Knox touchdown pass from Jay Cutler, with an assist to Madieu Williams who was once again dreadful, and a Devin Hester 64-yard punt return to seal the deal in the third quarter. The Vikings made life easier for Chicago by turning it over 5 times. Brett Favre did manage to orchestrate one good touchdown drive before leaving the game with a head injury. After that Joe Webb entered, to mixed results. It was not a statistically dominating game for the Bears: They were only 2-10 on third down, had only one more first down than the Vikings and did not blow the Vikings’ doors off yards-wise. But, it was the big plays. It was the special teams and the turnovers. It was the Vikings’ inability to get any kind of running game going with Adrian Peterson out. It was Joe Webb’s woeful inexperience. It was the Bears’ ability to capitalize on opportunities. Congrats to the Bears for winning the NFC North. And as for the Vikings…well, there’s always next season.
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