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Sunday, December 2, 2001
Cox kicks his way into NFL record book

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

Dec. 5, 1970

Minnesota kicker Fred Cox ties the NFL record by scoring in his 110th consecutive game and also extends his league mark by booting a field goal in his 31st straight contest.

Cox's kicks make the difference as the Vikings defeat the Chicago Bears, 16-13, in Bloomington, Minn., to win their third consecutive NFC Central title. Despite gusting winds of 25 miles per hour, nine-degree temperature and a wind-chill factor of minus 33 degrees, Cox kicks field goals of 21 and 23 yards in the first half and a 10-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Cox pays a price for his performance. On the kickoff after his first field goal, he is the recipient of a vicious blindside forearm from the Bears' George Seals and plays the rest of the game with a puffy lip and swollen nose.