Bears' loss to Vikings one last failure in John Fox's likely finale

Lawrence Cooper
January 1, 2018

Fox's record in three seasons as the Bears head coach is now 14-34.

On a punt return against the Vikings, the Bears pulled off the always-satisfying decoy punt return, with Tarik Cohen serving as the bait and Bryce Callahan taking it to the house by hiding near the sideline.

Minnesota's gonna have to fix that.

Chicago's offense doesn't have much of a shot against the Vikings' No. 1 rated defense, but the Chicago defense will offer a good challenge for Keenum as he prepares to play the first playoff game of his National Football League career.

Vikings running back Latavius Murray had a pair of touchdowns, while quarterback Case Keenum was 21 of 29 for 189 yards and one touchdown. Minnesota was dominating on defense, as has become the calling card of these Vikings, holding Chicago to 201 yards of offense - most of it in the second half when the result was no longer in doubt.

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Mitchell Trubisky finished his rookie season with a turnover-free game, completing 20 of 36 passes for 178 yards. Center Pat Elflein will not play, forcing Joe Berger to move from right guard to center. The second infraction occurred in the end zone, setting up Murray's second 1-yard TD run of the game on the next play, making it 14-0 early in the second quarter.

Minnesota's Week 5 win in Chicago is widely viewed as the turning point of the 2017 season. The Vikings scored on their first possession, thanks in part to Eddie Goldman's 15-yard roughing the passer penalty to extend the drive on a third-down incompletion. Vikings FB C.J. Ham left the game in the first half with a neck injury and did not return.

As they gear up for the playoffs, the Vikings will look back on everything they accomplished this season despite rough circumstances after losing Sam Bradford in Week 1 and Dalvin Cook three games later.

For now, they celebrate how they closed out the season.

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