A minor turning point
MINNEAPOLIS -- You just saw the most extreme 14-point turnaround there can be in a football game.
One play after stopping Chicago on four plays inside the 2-yard line, Minnesota took a 10-7 lead on a 99-yard scoring pass from Gus Frerotte to Bernard Berrian. The Bears went for the knockout blow, but now the Vikings have the clear momentum.
It was the 11th 99-yard pass in NFL history, in case you're interested.
Everyone will have their own opinion, but I don't have a huge problem with the Bears eschewing the field goal on fourth down. What I am at a loss to explain is why they insisted on running right at Vikings nose tackle Pat Williams. Naturally, Williams made the play on tailback Matt Forte -- with some help from defensive end Jared Allen.
We'll have more at halftime. By the way, if anyone knows what Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was thinking on the Berrian touchdown -- Tillman turned inside and let Berrian run unfettered down the left sideline -- let me know. Should he have had safety help? That's something we'll hope to find out later tonight.