Bears stifle Vikings en route to 24-10 victory

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- The NFC North champion Chicago Bears refused to let up, riding Jordan Howard for 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns and that relentless defense for a 24-10 victory over Minnesota on Sunday that kept the rival Vikings out of the playoffs.

Foles tied Philip Rivers' NFL record by completing 25 straight passes and threw two touchdown passes before a chest injury forced him out of the game.

If Minnesota loses to the Bears and misses out on the postseason, Vikings fans will have 84 million reasons to be upset. The Bears will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend in the wild-card round.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) reacts to wide receiver Nelson Agholor's touchdown during the second half of the NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in Landover, Md.

Just when it appeared the Bears would be overtaken by a Vikings team desperately scrounging for a playoff berth and urged on by the momentum of a raucous home crowd, they put together a season-defining drive.

The Eagles will now face the Bears, who defeated the Vikings 24-10 in Week 17. The defense generally kept the Bears offense in check until they exhausted in the fourth quarter and gave up another backbreaking touchdown run to Jordan Howard.

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Minnesota scored a season-high 41 points against Miami in the first game under Stefanski and rushed for a season-high 220 yards.

Foles and the Eagles know that they can win a potential wild-card game against the Rams. But that's also why the Vikings won't be the Bears' opponent - they're just not that good of a team. In any analysis of their performance, the defense they were going against must be considered-it's a very good one.

"I remember the feeling driving away from the game", Cousins said Wednesday, Dec. 26. They aren't supposed to be here, and they should play free and easy for it. Gabriel had four catches for 61 yards in the first half. "You do all you can, give everything you have".

But in the meantime, when Adams rotated in for portions of the second and most of the third quarters, he was totally ineffective.

Scoreboard watching. Even though it would have been more relaxing to know ahead of time where the Vikings stood going into this game, it is more exciting (and nerve wracking) to have all the games with playoff relevance being played at the same time. He took the two steps after the ball was out, as the rules say he can't, but he held up and barely tapped Mitchell Trubisky. "This could be our last game or we can go forward".

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