Outdoors not so great for Vikings as they lose 40-14Minnesota Sports
-- Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes to help Chicago clinch the NFC North with a 40-14 rout of the Vikings in their first outdoor home game in 29 years.
MINNEAPOLIS - Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes to help Chicago clinch the NFC North with a 40-14 rout of the Vikings in their first outdoor home game in 29 years.
Chicago won its division for the first time since 2006, when the Bears eventually lost to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. Chicago is the first team in the NFL to wrap up its division. The Bears are now 10-4 on the season. Minnesota fell to 5-9. The Vikings are at Philadelphia next Sunday night. Chicago will host the Jets.
Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre was ruled out of the game over the weekend, but then felt good enough prior to the game that he got the start. Favre told reporters after the game that he woke up this morning and sent a text message to coach Leslie Frazier that he might be feeling good enough to play. And, he started. But, he didn't finish the game. Rookie lineman Corey Wootton slammed the future Hall of Fame quarterback to the ground for his first NFL sack. The hit knocked Favre out of the game and reserve Joe Webb finished.
Bears return specialist Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 14th career return touchdown. In the third quarter, he fielded a punt and ran down the right sideline 64-yards into the end zone for No. 14, which broke the record he shared with Brian Mitchell. It was Hester's 10th career punt return for a touchdown, tying a record set by Eric Metcalf. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe had been punting the ball out of bounds to keep it away from Hester, but misfired on the third quarter punt and it was returnable.