Justin Fields led a game-winning drive the place Cairo Santos knocked by means of his fourth subject objective of the sport to beat the Minnesota Vikings, 12-10, on Monday evening.
A sport riddled with turnovers and inefficient offense is rarely what NFL followers need to watch. Nonetheless, it was one which remained tight within the fourth quarter, making each possession an enormous one.
Josh Dobbs had his worst sport in a Vikings uniform this season, however after Minnesota’s protection pressured a fumble on Fields – his first turnover of the evening – the “Passtronaut” had the chance to lastly flip the tides down 9-3 at dwelling.
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Joshua Dobbs #15 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up previous to a sport in opposition to the Chicago Bears at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on November 27, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (David Berding/Getty Pictures)
He did simply that, main the way in which on a 77-yard drive that was capped by T.J. Hockenson’s 17-yard landing to take a 10-9 lead.
However given how this sport was going, Fields and the Bears nonetheless had an opportunity to get inside subject objective vary to retake the lead. Nonetheless, his first try at doing so led to a fumble once more, as Josh Metellus got here flying in with a sort out that popped the ball out and the Vikings recovered.
The Bears’ protection, a unit that was stable all sport lengthy, got here in clutch as soon as once more on the following possession. They pressured a three-and-out on the Vikings, giving Fields one other probability with simply over two minutes to play within the sport.
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It seemed bleak when the Bears obtained to midfield and Fields couldn’t discover anybody to throw the ball to on first and second downs. However, on third-and-10, Fields fired a bullet to D.J. Moore, who secured the catch for 36 yards. All Fields needed to do was kneel it out and hope Cairo Santos hit the game-winner.
Santos hit three subject targets earlier within the sport, however he did miss one on the workforce’s opening drive from 48 yards out, which in the end pressured Fields to steer a game-winning drive. However this subject objective was proper down the center from 30 yards out, giving the Bears a much-needed victory.
Fields, serving to the Bears transfer to 4-8 on the yr, was 27-of-37 on the evening for 217 yards, whereas speeding for 59 yards on 12 carries to steer Chicago as nicely. His favourite goal was Moore, who had 114 yards on 11 catches (13 targets).
As talked about, it was a tough evening for Dobbs, who has been electrical for the Vikings since he was traded from the Arizona Cardinals. He got here into this sport with 4 passing touchdowns and three speeding scores, one in every sport he’s performed, to steer Minnesota to 2 wins.
However the Bears have been throughout him on Monday evening, as he threw 4 interceptions, which started with Jaylon Johnson dropping again into protection and choosing him off early within the second quarter.
On the Vikings’ subsequent drive, Dobbs didn’t get assist from rookie wideout Jordan Addison, who couldn’t corral a fastball from his quarterback. It hit him within the palms and Jaquan Brisker received the tip drill for his first interception of the season.
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Then, within the second half, Dobbs threw back-to-back interceptions once more. It got here after the Vikings had a turnover on downs, as a move meant for Okay.J. Osborn as soon as once more bounced within the air and T.J. Edwards was able to make the seize. Kyler Gordon, then, learn a brief move meant for C.J. Ham and pounced on it for the fourth choose of the evening.
Dobbs was 22-of-32 for 185 yards with one landing, with Hockenson main the Vikings with 50 yards on 5 catches. Alexander Mattison additionally had 52 speeding yards on 10 carries.
The Vikings, now 6-6, will hit their bye week dissatisfied they couldn’t win the low-scoring bout at dwelling. Nonetheless, they’re anticipated to get their All-Professional receiver Justin Jefferson again in Week 14 once they tackle the Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 10.
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In the meantime, the Bears aren’t out of the playoff hunt at 4-8, and Fields can be searching for revenge in opposition to the Detroit Lions after their bye week developing.