Third quarter: Bears 36, Vikings 10

October, 16, 2011
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Matt ForteJamie Squire/Getty ImagesMatt Forte and the Bears' offense have had little trouble moving the ball.

CHICAGO -- The Vikings attempted to make a move to start the second half when they turned a Jay Cutler fumble into an Adrian Peterson touchdown to pull within 16.

But just as quickly, the Bears dashed away hopes of a comeback on the ensuing kickoff which was returned 98 yards for a touchdown by Devin Hester. The Bears tacked on an additional three points on a Robbie Gould 26-yard field goal with 5:44 remaining to run the score to 36-10 in favor of the home team.

Hester’s 98-yard return extended the veteran’s record for return TDs (16). Hester nearly scored again the next time touched the ball -- on a punt return with 8:38 left in the quarter -- but was run out of bounds at the Minnesota 38 after a 27-yard return.

But the runback set up Gould’s second field goal of the night.

In addition to producing fireworks on special teams, the Bears cranked up the heat on defense with pressure on Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb. After sacking the quarterback once through the first two quarters, the Bears dropped McNabb four times in the third quarter alone.

Playing on an injured knee, defensive end Julius Peppers sacked McNabb twice while Israel Idonije and Amobi Okoye generated one sack apiece.

Tight end Kellen Davis left the game with an elbow injury, but the extent of the damage wasn’t immediately disclosed. Davis was a late addition to the injury report on Friday because of the sore elbow.


Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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