Vikings beat Bears, clinch 1st-round bye in NFC playoffs

Panthers-Saints, Falcons-Rams meet in NFC wild card round

The Bears failed to capitalize on the momentum, however. Aided by a key block from Christian Jones, Callahan nearly immediately had a clear path to the end zone for the touchdown that cut the Vikings' lead to 14-7.

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer says rookie center Pat Elflein will miss Sunday's game against Chicago because of a shoulder injury, his second missed start of the season.

The Bears (5-10) took advantage of the winless Cleveland Browns to win 20-3.

Go inside the Vikings pregame huddle before taking on the Chicago Bears.

Murray has rather quietly been one of their most productive players down the stretch, helping the Vikings move the chains and work the clock while the defense holds the lead.

The lone touchdown for Chicago came from a 59-yard punt return touchdown, otherwise the Vikings allowed just three points and that came with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter.

The regular season finale has arrived for the NFL. The entire Bears return unit acted as if Ryan Quigley's punt was headed toward Tarik Cohen to their right when it actually was going to the opposite side of the field to Callahan.

Vikings record book look: The Vikings finished 12-2 four times with a 14-game schedule (1969, 1970, 1973 and 1975), but the only other time they've topped 12 victories was their 15-1 record in 1998.



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