It looked like Jay Cutler was going to add another game-winning fourth quarter drive to his resume.
However, it was a quarterback on the other sidelines that stole the "Mr. 4th Quarter" moniker on Sunday.
With under five minutes remaining, Teddy Bridgewater led the Minnesota Vikings on back-to-back fourth quarter scoring drives as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Bears 23-20 at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.
Blair Walsh drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired to snap Minnesota's eight-year losing streak at Soldier Field. Before Walsh's game-winning field goal, Bridgewater connected with emerging rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs on the previous possession for a 40-yard touchdown to even the score at 20-20 with under two minutes remaining.
Despite playing with a makeshift offensive line which only had one Week 1 starter still at the same position (Kyle Long at right tackle) and losing Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte to a knee injury in the second half, Cutler engineered a 14-play, 74-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter that looked as if would be the game-winning score for the Bears. Cutler capped off the drive by lowering his shoulder on Vikings safety Harrison Smith and plowing into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown. Cutler finished the game 22-of-32 for 211 yards, two total touchdowns and zero turnovers.
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Before Bridgewater's heroics, the Bears defense had held Minnesota in check.
It's been an up-and-down year thus far for Vic Fangio's unit, but the Bears young defense, playing in its first game without veteran defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff who was released earlier this week, held the Vikings to just 6 points before fourth quarter outburst — the Vikings other touchdown came in the form of a Marcus Sherels 65-yard punt return in the first half.
With the Bears going through the motions for nearly 25 minutes, much-maligned second-year cornerback Kyle Fuller stayed inside a curl route by Diggs and turned at the right time to pick Brigewater who zeroed in on the rookie. Before Fuller's takeaway, the Bears were one of only two teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars being the other, to not have an interception from a defensive back this season.
The Bears offense turned the turnover into immediate points just before the first half ended as Cutler found his favorite target Alshon Jeffery (10 receptions, 116 yards) for a 21-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone to even the game at 10-10 and give the Bears momentum heading into the locker room.
The Bears (2-5) will look to get back on track when they travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers next Monday night.