Since they deferred after winning the opening coin toss, the Chicago Bears got to receive the third quarter kickoff from the Minnesota Vikings with the contest tied 10-10. Marc Mariani could only get to the Chicago 17-yard line on the return, and that's where Chicago started things off. Chicago went to work, with Jay Cutler finding open Chicago receivers all over the place. The Bears got their first conversion on third down as Cutler found Marquess Wilson for 14 yards, and then hitting Matt Forte for 17 more. Rookie running back Jeremy Langford then picked up 13 yards on a pair of carries to put Chicago on the edge of the Minnesota red zone. However, Chicago could not advance it further, and had to settle for a 33-yard field goal attempt from Robbie Gould. Gould was good, and the Bears took the lead back at 13-10 after holding the ball for nearly half of the third quarter.
Gould put the ensuing kickoff through the end zone for a touchback, so the Vikings started out at their own 20-yard line. The Vikings got a big third down conversion to start things off, as Teddy Bridgewater found Stefon Diggs for 12 yards. After a penalty for unnecessary roughness on Sam Acho, Bridgewater found Diggs again for 15 more. However, the Vikings couldn't get the ball past the Chicago 43, and a bad overthrow of Mike Wallace on what would have been a touchdown forced them to punt it away again. The punt from Jeff Locke put the Bears down at their own 12-yard line to start their next drive.
Chicago once again pushed down the field, as Jay Cutler kept going to Alshon Jeffery for big completions. The biggest one on the drive was a 28-yarder where Jeffery turned around Terence Newman for a big gain. After that, however, the Chicago offense stalled and they called on Robbie Gould once again. And, for the first time this season, Robbie Gould missed a field goal, pushing it wide from 51 yards out to keep the score at 13-10 and giving the Vikings good field position at their own 41-yard line.
A pass to Adrian Peterson and a carry from Peterson have pushed the Vikings over midfield, and as we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at a 3rd-and-3 from the Chicago 42-yard line, trailing 13-10.
Can the Vikings make a comeback and break their curse at Soldier Field? Let's watch the fourth quarter and find out, shall we?