Bears keep catching breaks

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The good news keeps pouring in for the Bears.

Veteran quarterback Brett Favre has been ruled out for the Monday night matchup in Minneapolis, while a concussion will keep Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines when the Packers travel to New England on Sunday.

Green Bay now turns to quarterback Matt Flynn to try to keep its dimming playoff hopes alive. The Bears can clinch the NFC crown with a win over Minnesota, coupled with a Packers loss to the Patriots.

The Vikings are expected to start rookie sixth-round pick Joe Webb at quarterback against a Bears defense ranked No. 8 overall and No. 3 in points allowed.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson sat out Thursday and Friday due to ankle and knee issues, but he was able to practice on Saturday on a limited basis.

Peterson is officially listed as questionable.

The Bears held Peterson to only 51 yards on 17 carries in their 27-13 victory over Minnesota on November 14 at Soldier Field. Peterson, however, has rushed for 784 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in seven career matchups versus Lovie Smith's defense.