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Pedal-down Bears keep Vikings out of playoffs with 24-10 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) While taking the NFC North champion Chicago Bears to the playoffs for the first time in eight years, coach Matt Nagy has displayed an energetic personality and aggressive mindset throughout his debut.

Even with their postseason position all but set, the Bears refused to let up. They kept the rival Minnesota Vikings out of the playoffs in the process.

Fueled by that relentless defense and 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns by Jordan Howard, the Bears beat the Vikings 24-10 on Sunday for their first sweep of Minnesota since 2011.

''I love winning. I think it's fun to win,'' Nagy said. ''So when you win, whoever it is, who cares? Let's just play ball.''

With the 24-0 win by Philadelphia at Washington, the Vikings (8-7-1) watched the Eagles claim the last wild-card spot and went home wondering what happened to their offense after signing Kirk Cousins for $84 million guaranteed to be the franchise quarterback.

Tarik Cohen scored the last touchdown on a short run with 7:46 left to cap a 16-play drive for the Bears (12-4), who posted their best regular-season record since the 2006 team finished 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl. They've won nine of their last 10 games and, instead of the Vikings will host the Eagles in the first round.

''We're growing. We're getting stronger by the week,'' Nagy said. ''This will be a new challenge for us, but we're excited. We'll be ready.''

The Bears began the afternoon with an opportunity, albeit unlikely, to get a first-round bye with a victory and a loss by the Los Angeles Rams, who wound up beating San Francisco 48-32. Nagy was unmoved by the big early lead taken by the Rams, though, keeping quarterback Mitch Trubisky in the entire game and only holding out the starters who were already previously injured.

''Every time we step on the field we want to win,'' Trubisky said. ''I think it just shows the maturity of this team that we weren't looking ahead. We weren't thinking about sitting out. We just do exactly what's asked.''

After spending the majority of the last two decades trying to keep up with Green Bay, the Vikings have overtaken the Packers only to have their other primary rival, the Bears, surge to the top of the division. Most problematic since coach Mike Zimmer took over has been the struggle to move and protect the ball against Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller and the rest of that Chicago defense, which established a franchise record for fewest rushing yards allowed in a season.

Done in by three-and-outs on their first four possessions, the Vikings finished with only 164 total yards.

''They're pretty good,'' Zimmer said, ''so give them credit.''

THE CLINCHER

Trubisky moved the chains four times on third down during the game-sealing scoring drive, completing three passes and running once for a first down. He took a sack by Anthony Barr that would've forced a punt from the Minnesota 45, but a holding penalty on Vikings safety Jayron Kearse gave Chicago a fresh set of downs.

''The way we played, we don't deserve to be in the playoffs,'' Barr said.

FRUSTRATION APPARENT

Cousins and Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen were in a heated argument on the sideline after the Vikings had to settle for a field goal at the end of the second quarter. Zimmer almost cost the Vikings a touchdown when he challenged the spot of a reception by Dalvin Cook, who stepped out of bounds right at the marker.

Cousins sneaked for the first down on fourth-and-1, only to have the play blown dead by the red flag. Cook was able to get the first down on the next play.

Stefon Diggs, who went over 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his four-year career, caught a short touchdown pass right after that. Otherwise, the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium was mostly silent when the Vikings had the ball.

''They knew what the implications were from this game,'' Hicks said, ''and we took it from them.''

INJURY REPORT

Bears: With WR Allen Robinson (ribs) already held out of the game, WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) was hurt on the first drive and didn't return. WR Taylor Gabriel (ribs) was injured a little later, leaving the Bears with only three WRs.

Vikings: With CB Xavier Rhodes (groin) sidelined for the game, rookie Holton Hill was in the starting lineup for the third time this season. Hill was targeted often, including a 40-yard reception by Gabriel at the goal line that set up the second TD by Howard despite tight coverage on the difficult catch.

UP NEXT

Bears: Host the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles in the NFC wild-card round of the playoffs next Sunday, 30 years after the ''Fog Bowl'' game at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Eagles 20-12 to advance to the NFC championship game that day with little to no visibility.

''If we keep doing what we're doing,'' Trubisky said, ''hopefully we can do something special.''

Vikings: Stay home for the playoffs for the third time in five years under Zimmer. They've won two postseason games, both in the division round, in 14 years.

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Key Players
J. Howard 24 RB
109 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 5 ReYds, REC
22
FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
132 PaYds, PaTD, 7 RuYds
11
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:29
C.Parkey 42 yard field goal is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
4
plays
8
yds
2:29
pos
24
10
Two Point Conversion 7:46
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. M.Trubisky pass to N.Kwiatkoski is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
21
10
Touchdown 7:46
T.Cohen up the middle for 3 yards TOUCHDOWN.
16
plays
75
yds
9:05
pos
19
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:51
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
13
10
Touchdown 1:51
K.Cousins pass short left to S.Diggs for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
92
yds
7:35
pos
13
9
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:58
D.Bailey 45 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
8
plays
37
yds
1:04
pos
13
3
Missed Point After Touchdown 7:17
C.Parkey extra point is No Good Hit Right Upright Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
13
0
Touchdown 7:17
J.Howard up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
85
yds
5:39
pos
13
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:38
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:38
J.Howard left guard for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
71
yds
3:46
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 37:08 22:52
1st Downs 17 12
Rushing 8 3
Passing 7 6
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 8-14 1-11
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-4
Total Net Yards 332 164
Total Plays 63 52
Avg Gain 5.3 3.2
Net Yards Rushing 169 63
Rush Attempts 37 15
Avg Rush Yards 4.6 4.2
Net Yards Passing 163 101
Comp. - Att. 18-26 20-33
Yards Per Pass 6.3 3.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 4-31
Penalties - Yards 11-102 3-30
Touchdowns 3 1
Rushing TDs 3 0
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-42.8 5-51.8
Return Yards -2 4
Punts - Returns 2--2 1-4
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 2/3 2/2
Extra Points 1/2 1/1
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 3-3 -100% 1-1 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 3-3 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bears 12-4 7601124
Vikings 8-7-1 037010
163 PASS YDS 101
169 RUSH YDS 63
332 TOTAL YDS 164
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Trubisky 10 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.2% 163 0 0 85.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.6% 3223 24 12 95.4
M. Trubisky 18/26 163 0 0 9
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Howard 24 RB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 109 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
250 935 9
J. Howard 21 109 2 42 22
T. Cohen 29 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 24 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
99 444 3
T. Cohen 5 24 1 8 8
M. Trubisky 10 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 421 3
M. Trubisky 3 16 0 12 9
B. Cunningham 30 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 20 0
B. Cunningham 6 13 0 6 1
A. Miller 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
A. Miller 2 7 0 8 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gabriel 18 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 67 688 2
T. Gabriel 4 4 61 0 40 6
T. Burton 80 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 54 569 6
T. Burton 6 5 33 0 9 3
J. Wims 83 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 32 0
J. Wims 4 4 32 0 16 3
K. White 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 92 0
K. White 3 1 22 0 22 2
T. Cohen 29 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 71 725 5
T. Cohen 3 2 8 0 5 8
J. Howard 24 RB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 145 0
J. Howard 2 1 5 0 5 22
J. Bellamy 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 117 1
J. Bellamy 4 1 2 0 2 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Amos 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
59-14 2 1.0
A. Amos 5-0 0.0 0 0
R. Smith 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
89-33 1 5.0
R. Smith 4-2 0.0 0 0
S. McManis 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-2 1 1.0
S. McManis 3-0 0.0 0 0
L. Floyd 94 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-15 1 4.0
L. Floyd 3-5 0.0 0 0
K. Fuller 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-10 7 0.0
K. Fuller 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Houston-Carson 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
D. Houston-Carson 2-0 0.0 0 0
E. Goldman 91 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-12 0 3.0
E. Goldman 2-1 1.0 0 0
D. Trevathan 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
76-26 2 2.0
D. Trevathan 2-1 0.0 0 0
P. Amukamara 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-9 3 0.0
P. Amukamara 2-1 0.0 0 0
B. Nichols 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-8 0 3.0
B. Nichols 2-0 1.0 0 0
A. Hicks 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-14 0 7.5
A. Hicks 2-1 1.5 0 0
K. Toliver 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 0 0.0
K. Toliver 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Iyiegbuniwe 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
J. Iyiegbuniwe 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Williams 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
M. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
I. Irving 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
I. Irving 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Kwiatkoski 44 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
N. Kwiatkoski 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Robertson-Harris 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-12 0 2.5
R. Robertson-Harris 0-1 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Parkey 1 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/2
SEASON FG XP
23/30 42/45
C. Parkey 1/1 42 1/2 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. O'Donnell 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
62 45.0 28
P. O'Donnell 4 43.8 2 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Cohen 29 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
33 12.5 44 0
T. Cohen 2 -1.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.6% 132 1 0 79.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.1% 4298 30 10 99.7
K. Cousins 20/33 132 1 0 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
133 615 2
D. Cook 11 39 0 10 5
L. Murray 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
140 578 6
L. Murray 2 18 0 20 1
K. Cousins 8 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 123 1
K. Cousins 1 7 0 7 11
A. Thielen 19 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 30 0
A. Thielen 1 -1 0 -1 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Diggs 14 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 8 47 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 102 1021 9
S. Diggs 10 8 47 1 18 10
A. Thielen 19 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 113 1373 9
A. Thielen 4 3 38 0 18 3
D. Cook 33 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 305 2
D. Cook 5 4 21 0 12 5
K. Rudolph 82 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 64 634 4
K. Rudolph 5 4 19 0 9 1
L. Treadwell 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 302 1
L. Treadwell 2 1 7 0 7 0
A. Robinson 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 231 5
A. Robinson 4 0 0 0 0 0
B. Zylstra 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 23 0
B. Zylstra 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-17 3 3.0
H. Smith 6-0 0.0 0 0
H. Hill 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-6 1 0.0
H. Hill 6-1 0.0 0 0
A. Harris 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-12 3 0.0
A. Harris 5-0 0.0 0 0
E. Wilson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-10 0 2.0
E. Wilson 5-4 0.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-10 0 5.0
E. Griffen 4-2 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-9 1 0.0
T. Waynes 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-20 0 14.0
D. Hunter 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Kearse 27 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-5 0 0.0
J. Kearse 2-0 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-22 0 1.0
L. Joseph 2-1 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-7 0 4.0
T. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Gedeon 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-25 0 0.0
B. Gedeon 2-5 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-7 0 4.0
M. Alexander 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-23 0 4.0
S. Richardson 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Weatherly 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-13 0 3.0
S. Weatherly 0-3 0.0 0 0
K. Brothers 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 1.0
K. Brothers 0-1 0.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-16 0 3.0
A. Barr 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
21/28 30/31
D. Bailey 1/1 45 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 51.4 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
72 45.2 27
M. Wile 5 51.4 2 65
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Zylstra 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 6.5 9 0
B. Zylstra 1 4.0 4 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:24 CHI 29 3:46 6 71 TD
8:33 CHI 29 1:44 3 4 Punt
4:56 CHI 12 5:02 6 29 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:56 CHI 15 5:39 10 85 TD
3:35 CHI 12 1:38 3 7 Punt
0:53 CHI 25 0:53 2 3 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CHI 25 5:34 9 30 Punt
1:51 CHI 25 9:05 16 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:54 MIN 32 2:29 4 8 FG
3:34 MIN 37 1:01 4 5 Downs
0:17 CHI 28 0:17 1 -1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 0:36 3 3 Punt
10:38 MIN 25 2:05 3 1 Punt
6:49 MIN 25 1:53 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 MIN 12 1:58 3 -9 Punt
7:17 MIN 25 3:42 6 15 Punt
1:57 MIN 36 1:04 8 37 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:26 MIN 8 7:35 12 92 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:46 MIN 25 0:52 4 7 Downs
4:25 MIN 25 0:51 5 12 Downs
2:33 MIN 32 2:16 6 40 Downs