GAME THREAD: GAME THREAD: NFL: MINNESOTA (1-3) at CHICAGO (2-3)

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    NFL: MINNESOTA (1-3) at CHICAGO (2-3)

    <h3>Bears look to reach .500 against Vikings</h3>







    Minnesota (1-3) at Chicago (2-3) Sunday 1:00 pm EDT

    CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bears may have saved theirseason with an unlikely win at Lambeau Field.


    Now, the Bears look to climb back to .500 when they host theMinnesota Vikings on Sunday in another NFC North Divisionbattle.


    The defending NFC champions have a reason to believe they canrecover from their 1-3 start and make the playoffs - they did itjust two years ago.


    In 2005, the Bears rebounded after losing three of their firstfour games to capture the NFC North with an 11-5 record.

    Chicago has another reason for optimism - it has won sixstraight at home against the Vikings, including a 23-13 victorylast season.


    But the Bears season appeared to be on life support on Sundaybefore it rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeatthe Green Bay Packers, 27-20. Brian Griese tossed a 34-yardtouchdown pass to Desmond Clark with 2:11 remaining for thewinning score.


    Instead of falling four games behind Green Bay, the Bears pulledwith two games of the Packers. In NFL history, no team hasrallied from a four-game deficit to win a division.

    "There's a big difference between 2-3 and 1-4," Bears coachLovie Smith said. "As much as anything, we needed to get a win."

    The difference for Chicago is that the defense finally performedlike the unit that helped lead the Bears to the Super Bowl lastseason.


    After allowing 341 total yards and 15 first downs in the firsthalf, the Bears held the Packers to just 98 yards and threefirst downs in the second half. That included five straightthree-and-outs that ended with an interception and four punts.

    The previous week, Chicago yielded an NFL-record 34 points in a37-27 loss to the Detroit Lions.


    If Chicago's defense is back to last season's level, then thatspells bad news for the Vikings, who have dropped three in a rowand are 27th in passing.


    Minnesota's game plan likely will be to get the ball into thehands of running back Adrian Peterson as much as possible. Therookie is ninth in the NFL in rushing as surpassed 100 yards inthree of Minnesota's first four games.


    The Vikings have gotten poor quarterback play as the trio ofTarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb and Brooks Bollinger havecombined to complete only 53 percent of their passes with onlyonly two touchdowns and six interceptions.
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 0
    CHICAGO 0 14:48 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    CHI BALL ON CHI 23 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL MINNESOTA 0
    CHICAGO 0 12:38 LEFT, 1ST QTR</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 0
    CHICAGO 0 12:10 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    MIN BALL ON MIN 15 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    Re: NFL: MINNESOTA (1-3) at CHICAGO (2-3)

    Big game for the Bears; I think it sets the tone for the rest of the season. If they in this, they go to .500 and have traction. If not, it seems like they could spend the whole season toying with the .500 mark.</p>

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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 0
    CHICAGO 0 7:16 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    CHI BALL ON CHI 20 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 0
    CHICAGO 0 5:18 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    MIN BALL ON MIN 19 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL TD CHI
    DEVIN HESTER 89 YD PUNT RETURN
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)

    MINNESOTA 0
    CHICAGO 7 1:56 LEFT, 1ST QTR</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

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    MINNESOTA 0
    CHICAGO 7 1:49 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    MIN BALL ON MIN 26 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL TD MIN
    TROY WILLIAMSON 60 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS JACKSON
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)

    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 7 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 7 7
    CHICAGO 7 7 END, 1ST QTR

    SCORING SUMMARY

    1ST QUARTER: CHI - TD, DEVIN HESTER 89 YD PUNT RETURN
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK), 13:04. CHICAGO
    7-0
    MIN - TD, TROY WILLIAMSON 60 YD PASS FROM
    TARVARIS JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL
    KICK), 15:00. Drive: 4 plays, 74
    yards in 1:56. MINNESOTA 7-7</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 7 14:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    CHI BALL ON CHI 33 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL TD CHI
    BERNARD BERRIAN 39 YD PASS FROM BRIAN GRIESE
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)

    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 14 11:45 LEFT, 2ND QTR</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

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    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 14 11:39 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    MIN BALL ON MIN 29 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 14 10:49 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    CHI BALL ON CHI 27 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 14 7:25 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    MIN BALL ON MIN 16 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

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    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 14 6:15 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    CHI BALL ON CHI 42 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 14 4:22 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    MIN BALL ON MIN 20 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">CORRECTION


    NFL TD MIN
    ADRIAN PETERSON 67 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)

    MINNESOTA 14
    CHICAGO 14 2:19 LEFT, 2ND QTR</div>
     
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    NFL: MINNESOTA at CHICAGO

    <div class="pre">NFL
    MINNESOTA 14
    CHICAGO 14 2:12 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    CHI BALL ON CHI 30 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10</div>
     

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