Vikings send Mike Zimmer off with a meaningless win over the Bears

(Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports) Mike Zimmer /

In what appears to be the last game with Mike Zimmer as their head coach, the Minnesota Vikings ended the 2021 season with a win over the Chicago Bears.

Inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Mike Zimmer put his headset on as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for what is likely going to end up as the final time.

Multiple reports are indicating that the Vikings are going to move on from Zimmer within the next few days. So this weekend’s 2021 regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears appears as though it will turn out to be Zimmer‘s final time on Minnesota’s sideline.

Against the Bears on Sunday, the Vikings certainly didn’t look like they came out ready to add one more win to their record this season. However, Minnesota was able to put together an impressive performance in the final two quarters of the matchup to leave their home stadium with a victory over Chicago by a final score of 31 to 17.

Justin Jefferson falls short of Minnesota Vikings record in win over Chicago Bears

Against the Bears on Sunday, Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a great chance to break the franchise’s all-time single-season record for receiving yards that is currently held by Randy Moss.

During Minnesota’s second-half surge, it seemed like Jefferson was likely going to surpass Moss in the record books. However, Jefferson ended up missing out on breaking the record by just 17 receiving yards.

Despite him not breaking Moss’ record on Sunday, Jefferson still put a nice cap on his very impressive 2021 season by hauling in five catches for 107 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ victory over Chicago.

Sadly, Sunday will be the last time we see Jefferson on the field in a Minnesota uniform for a while. After missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four years, the Vikings are heading into an offseason full of change that hopes to bring more success in the future than what the franchise has experienced in the recent past.

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