CHICAGO (KMSP) - It came late, but a win’s a win, especially on the road in Chicago, and the Vikings are now 5-2 on the season. And rookie Stefon Diggs is unstoppable.
Back and forth at Soldier Field
The Vikings led the Bears 7-3 late in the first half, but Alshon Jeffrey, who had an epic day with 10 catches and 116 yards, made a remarkable catch with Xavier Rhodes right in his face to tie the game 10-10.
The Vikings were down 3 in the third quarter, Teddy Bridgewater on third down overthrew Mike Wallace, who was targeted four times but finished with no catches on the day.
Cutler capped off a 14-play drive in the fourth quarter when he called his own number and took on Harrison Smith at the goal line -- Smith with a great hit -- but officials ruled it a touchdown putting the bears up 20-13.
2 wicked plays
With less than two minutes to play, Bridgewater was on third-and-four with great protection, goes to rookie Stefon Diggs, who spins away from his man and scores a 40-yard touchdown to tie the game 20-20.
The Bears had a chance to regain the lead, but on third-and-five, Cutler rolls out and tries to go to Jeremy Langford, drops the ball and the Bears elect to punt.
The Vikings had an opportunity to get into field goal position, Bridgewater with 34 seconds left put it up for Charles Johnson, the forgotten man (who is indeed still playing) and he nabbed it for a 34-yard gain.
Blair finds his groove
That play positioned Blair Walsh for a 36-yard field goal attempt and he drilled it through, the Vikings winning the game 23-20.
Diggs was targeted a dozen times and hauled in six of them. He now has 19 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Walsh continues to find his groove and tallied three more field goals including the game-winner. He has now made 11-straight field goals including a couple of 50-yarders in that stretch.