A minor turning point

November, 30, 2008
11/30/08
9:48
PM ET
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

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.

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