Monday, December 20, 2010
First quarter: Bears 10, Vikings 7
By Michael C. Wright
The Vikings' Percy Harvin catches a 23-yard TD pass from Brett Favre for a 7-0 lead on the Bears.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago showcased the capability of its quick-strike offense, when Jay Cutler fired a 67-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Knox on the first play of the team’s third possession to give the Bears a 10-7 lead after the first quarter.
Knox got behind Vikings safety Madieu Williams to haul in his third touchdown reception of the season. The TD gave the Bears their first lead of the game.
Minnesota took the early lead 7-0 lead, showing no adverse effects from the treacherous footing at TCF Bank Stadium.
Taking the ball at its own 40 on the opening possession, Minnesota used just three minutes and 38 seconds to put the first points on the board. With the Bears sliding on the icy Field Turf, the Vikings scored in six plays. Brett Favre hit Percy Harvin on a short screen for a 23-yard touchdown with 11:22 remaining in the quarter to cap the scoring drive.
Minnesota’s shortest gain on the drive was a 3-yard run up the middle by Toby Gerhart, who finished the drive with 26 yards on just four attempts.
Chicago punted on the ensuing possession, but Minnesota breathed new life into the Bears with two consecutive Favre miscues. First, Favre threw an interception to Tim Jennings on a deep ball, which was negated when defensive Julius Peppers was called for an offsides penalty.
On the next play, Henry Melton batted down a pass intended for Visanthe Shiancoe, with Peppers intercepting it to set up the Bears on the Vikings' 14. Chicago failed to take advantage of the situation, and moved the ball just 3 yards in four plays, settling for Robbie Gould’s 29-yard field goal with 5:18 left that made the score 7-3.