Seemingly out of nowhere, the Bears have a winning formula. Chicago is playing well and earning much-needed wins late in the season. Sunday in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Vikings, both teams needed to prevail to breathe life into their flailing playoff chances. David Montgomery had another huge day in the backfield and the road squad came out on top.
Why the Bears Won
A balanced running and passing attack kept the Vikings defense at bay all day long, while the Bears made a couple of crucial late stops on defense to preserve the win. (Box score)
Montgomery ran for a 14-yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter to give the Bears a 27-17 edge. The Vikings had taken the second-half kickoff and scored to cut the lead to a field goal, so that response by the Bears offense was big.
Stats That Matter
- Mitchell Trubisky was solid with 202 passing yards, a touchdown pass to Darnell Mooney, and 38 rushing yards.
- Montgomery had a career-high 146 yards on the ground and two touchdowns as his breakout season continues.
- Allen Robinson had 83 yards on 4 catches.
The Bears’ playoff hopes are very much alive, but they will need some help. All Chicago can do is keep winning. So far so good, for now, on that front.
Chicago will head to Jacksonville to battle the tanking Jaguars in Week 16 on Sunday, December 27. The game can be seen on CBS at 12:00pm CT.