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Late field goal gives Chicago 21-19 win over Vikings in regular-season finale

 

December 30, 2019

Jerry Holt – Star Tribune

Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone (23) was tackled in the end zone for a safety by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) in the second quarter.

The decision Mike Zimmer eventually reached, after a week of agonizing over what to do in the Vikings' regular-season finale against the Bears, should send one of the NFL's healthiest teams this season into the playoffs as close to full strength as it gets in January.

Resting starters, in a game that would not affect their playoff standing win or lose, made sense, but it came with side effects. They would send a majority of their established players into the postseason after a 23-10 loss to the Packers on Monday night, passing up a chance to reclaim some momentum against a Bears team they hadn't beaten since 2017. They also would put something less than their best foot forward in a competition, which goes against the coach's instinct.

http://www.startribune.com/late-field-goal-gives-chicago-21-19-win-over-vikings-in-regular-season-finale/566551852/

 

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