Bears–Vikings rivalry

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Chicago Bears–Minnesota Vikings
Chicago at Minnesota.jpg
The Bears and Vikings at the line of scrimmage in 2012
Teams involved Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings
First contested September 17, 1961
Minnesota 37, Chicago 13
Number of meetings 106 meetings
Most recent meeting December 1, 2013
Minnesota 23, Chicago 20
Next meeting November 16, 2014 (at Chicago)
All-time series MIN: leads 54-50-2
Postseason results

Chicago leads 1–0

  • January 1, 1995: CHI 35, MIN 18
Largest victory CHI: 52-35 (1961)
Longest win streak

MIN: W8 (1972–1976)

CHI: W6 (1983–1986), W6 (2009-2012)
Current streak Min: 1 win (2013–)

The Bears–Vikings rivalry is an NFL rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.

It began when the Vikings entered the league as an expansion team in 1961. The first time these two teams met, the Vikings stunned the Bears 37-13. The rivalry has generally seen the home team win and has recently been the sight of thriller games with huge swings. For example, the Vikings saw a 14-point lead erased in less than 2 minutes but then rallied for a last second field goal in 2007. Similarly, the Bears, huge underdogs in the 2009 matchup versus the Vikings, saw a 17 point and later 7-point lead erased, as the Vikings scored with 16 seconds left to tie. But the Bears would survive, winning on a Devin Aromashodu touchdown in overtime. The rivalry has also been home to seemingly improbable plays, like two special team disasters for the Vikings, which costed them 14 points in a 2008 48-41 loss to the Bears. Another crazy sequence of plays was the 4th and goal defensive stand by the Vikings, followed by a 99-yard touchdown pass to former Bear Bernard Berrian on the next play, en route to a 34-14 Vikings win in 2008.

Notable moments[edit]

  • The first meeting between the two teams occurred on September 17, 1961. The upstart Vikings upset the dominant Bears 37-13 in the Vikings' first game as a franchise. The game was played in Bloomington, Minnesota.
  • On October 27, 1968, with :03 left in the game, the Vikings led the Bears 24-23 in Wrigley Field. Bears kicker Mac Percival booted a 47-yard game-winning field goal to give the Bears the 26-24 win.[1]
  • In their 1985 Super Bowl run, the Bears met the Vikings at Minnesota for a Thursday Night game on September 19, 1985. The Bears, struggling on offense, trailed 17-9 at the start of the third quarter. Bears' QB Jim McMahon convinced coach Mike Ditka to let him play and stepped in the game, having had back spasms prior to the game. On his first throw, McMahon launched a 70-yard touchdown, and proceeded to throw two more touchdowns and take the lead. The Bears ended up winning the game 33-24, in a game sometimes called 'The Viking Miracle'. The Bears would go on to beat the Vikings again in the season at Chicago 27-9 and win the Super Bowl.
  • On October 4, 1992, the Mike Ditka-coached Bears visited Minneapolis and dominated the Vikings for three quarters. Leading 20-0 with the ball in the fourth quarter, Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh audibled out of a run play and threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Vikings defensive back Todd Scott and returned for a 35-yard touchdown. Afterward, Ditka was seen on the sidelines screaming at Harbaugh over the mistake, which the Vikings would use as an emotional springboard to two more fourth quarter touchdowns - a total of 21 unanswered fourth quarter points and a 21-20 victory for Minnesota. The Bears, who were 2-2 prior to this game, stumbled to a 5-11 record and Ditka was fired as Bears coach following the season.
  • On January 1, 1995, the Bears met the Vikings in the playoffs for the first and currently only time in their history together. Despite being swept in the regular season by the Vikings, the Bears beat the Vikings 35-18, winning their only post-season meeting. The game was played in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • On October 14, 2007, the Bears hosted the Vikings at Soldier Field. The game was scoreless until Devin Hester returned a punt for an 89-yard touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter. On the final play of the first quarter, Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Troy Williamson. The Bears QB Brian Griese threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions, while the Vikings, behind rookie RB Adrian Peterson's 224 rushing yards and three scores, gained 311 rushing yards. The Vikings had a 31-17 lead with five minutes to go in regulation, but two Griese touchdowns tied the game with 1:38 left in the game. The Vikings Ryan Longwell kicked a 55 yard field goal on the final play for a 34-31 Vikings win.
  • The highest scoring matchup in the two clubs' history came on October 19, 2008, at Soldier Field. The Bears won 48-41 as Kyle Orton threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns while the Vikings' Gus Frerotte had 298 passing yards and two touchdowns but threw four interceptions, the last coming in the final two minutes. The Bears scored twice off botched Vikings punts; Garrett Wolfe ran in a 17-yard score off a blocked punt in the first quarter, while in the second the Vikings dropped a punt snap and Zackary Bowman fell on it in the endzone for a Bears touchdown.
  • En route to the 2008 division title, the Vikings on November 30, 2008, hosted the Bears, and broke out of a close contest with a 99-yard touchdown catch by Vikings ex-Bear Bernard Berrian in the second quarter. The Vikings won 34-14 as Gus Frerotte threw for 201 yards and Adrian Peterson rushed for 131.
  • The 11-3 Vikings traveled to Soldier Field on December 28, 2009, for a Monday Night Football matchup with the 5-9 Bears. The Bears manhandled the Vikings in the game's first half, forcing a Brett Favre fumble and scoring on three Robbie Gould field goals and a seven-yard Jay Cutler touchdown to Greg Olsen. Adrian Peterson rushed in a six-yard touchdown in the third but the extra point was no good, and another Cutler touchdown (to Desmond Clark) put the score at 23-6 Bears entering the fourth. Favre had never won a game (in 42 previous tries) in which his team trailed by at least 17 points, but Favre connected with Visanthe Shiancoe in the third, then after a Ryan Longwell field goal Peterson ran in a second touchdown for a 23-all tie. The Bears clawed downfield and Cutler found Earl Bennett in the endzone, then Favre, on fourth and goal, hit Sidney Rice in the final thirty seconds to tie the game at 30. Gould missed a field goal in overtime, but Peterson caught a Favre pass and then fumbled to the Bears at Minnesota's 39-yard line; Cutler then finished the game with a deep bomb to Devin Aromashodu, ending a wild 36-30 Bears win.
  • The scheduled December 20, 2010 meeting at the Metrodome was moved to TCF Bank Stadium after a snowstorm punctured the inflatable roof and caused collapse. The Bears clinched the NFC North title by beating the Vikings 40-14. Devin Hester broke a tie with Brian Mitchell for most return touchdowns by scoring on a 66-yard punt, the league-record 14th of his career, while Jay Cutler threw for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Brett Favre, initially ruled out of the game, suited up and started, but after a touchdown in the first quarter he was sacked and thrown head-first to the ground; he left the game and did not return.
  • In the last week of the 2012 regular season, the Bears and Vikings fought for a wildcard playoff spot, as the Bears played the Lions and the Vikings played the Packers. The Bears won their game against the Lions, but the Vikings won their game against the Packers. Both teams finished with a 10-6 record. Due to a better division record than the Bears, the Vikings eliminated the Bears from playoff contention with their win. The Bears and Vikings had split their series during the regular season, but because the Bears were swept by the Packers and the Vikings had managed to split with the Packers, they edged out the Bears to get into the playoffs. Because of the Bears failing to make the playoffs, head coach Lovie Smith was fired soon after.
  • On September 15, 2013, the Bears and Vikings met each other in Week 2 of the 2013 season for a division matchup, the first under new Bears head coach Marc Trestman. Viking Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler followed it up with two touchdown passes (to Martellus Bennett and Brandon Marshall) to take a 14-7 lead. A Cutler fumble was returned by Brian Robinson 61 yards for a Vikings touchdown. Tim Jennings of the Bears intercepted Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder for 44 yards to take the lead. Ponder was able to throw a touchdown to tie the game. Robbie Gould kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 24-21 Bears lead at halftime. In the second half, Blair Walsh kicked three field goals for the Vikings, putting them ahead 30-24. With just 10 seconds left in the game, Jay Cutler threw the game-winning touchdown to Martellus Bennett to win 31-30. The win improved the Bears' record to 2-0 while it dropped the Vikings to 0-2.
  • On Sunday December 1st, 2013 the Bears and the Vikings played in a rematch with turned into an overtime thriller. The Bears were missing Cutler on injury (Josh McCown in his place) and Ponder would also get injured early in game, making way for then backup Matt Cassel. McCown would play well, leading his team to a 20-10 lead with two TD passes to Alshon Jeffrey. However, Cassel and his team would respond to that deficit with a reception by Greg Jennings and tie the game with a Blair Walsh field goal with little time to retaliate in the 4th. The Bears tried an improbable 66 yard field goal just following a Devin Hester run which set it up. The kick would fall short and land in the hands of Patterson, who would try to make a run of his own which would not go far, leading the game into overtime. Walsh would successfully kick a 39 yard field goal for the Vikings. However, his score would be negated after a facemask penalty and he would miss a 57 yard field goal thereafter. The Bears would try a 47 yard field goal on 2nd down to win the game quickly, but the ball would sail too far to the right, ending their drive. Once the Vikings got the ball back, they set up another Walsh field goal at 34 yards, which would end up winning the game for the Vikings.[2]

Game results[edit]

Bears victory Vikings victory Tied Game Post Season Meeting

1960s (Bears 11-5-2)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1961 September 17 Minnesota Vikings 37-13 Chicago Bears 32,236 Bloomington, Minnesota
1961 December 17 Chicago Bears 52-35 Minnesota Vikings 34,539 Chicago, Illinois
1962 October 7 Chicago Bears 13-0 Minnesota Vikings 26,907 Bloomington, Minnesota
1962 November 11 Chicago Bears 31-30 Minnesota Vikings 46,984 Chicago, Illinois
1963 September 22 Chicago Bears 28-7 Minnesota Vikings 33,923 Bloomington, Minnesota
1963 December 1 17-17 47,249 Chicago, Illinois
1964 September 20 Chicago Bears 28-7 Minnesota Vikings 33,923 Bloomington, Minnesota
1964 December 13 Minnesota Vikings 41-14 Chicago Bears 46,486 Chicago, Illinois
1965 October 17 Chicago Bears 45-37 Minnesota Vikings 47,426 Bloomington, Minnesota
1965 December 19 Minnesota Vikings 24-17 Chicago Bears 46,604 Chicago, Illinois
1966 October 2 Chicago Bears 13-10 Minnesota Vikings 47,426 Bloomington, Minnesota
1966 December 18 Chicago Bears 41-28 Minnesota Vikings 45,191 Chicago, Illinois
1967 October 1 Chicago Bears 17-7 Minnesota Vikings 44,868 Bloomington, Minnesota
1967 December 10 10-10 40,110 Chicago, Illinois
1968 September 29 Chicago Bears 27-17 Minnesota Vikings 47,644 Bloomington, Minnesota
1968 October 27 Chicago Bears 26-24 Minnesota Vikings 46,562 Chicago, Illinois
1969 October 12 Minnesota Vikings 31-0 Chicago Bears 45,757 Chicago, Illinois
1969 November 2 Minnesota Vikings 31-14 Chicago Bears 47,900 Bloomington, Minnesota

1970s (Vikings 15-5)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1970 October 11 Minnesota Vikings 24-0 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1970 December 5 Minnesota Vikings 16-13 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1971 September 26 Chicago Bears 20-17 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota
1971 November 14 Minnesota Vikings 27-10 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1972 October 23 Chicago Bears 13-10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1972 December 3 Minnesota Vikings 23-10 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1973 September 23 Minnesota Vikings 22-13 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1973 December 8 Minnesota Vikings 31-13 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1974 September 29 Minnesota Vikings 11-7 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1974 November 3 Minnesota Vikings 17-0 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1975 October 5 Minnesota Vikings 28-3 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1975 October 27 Minnesota Vikings 13-9 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1976 October 10 Minnesota Vikings 20-19 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1976 October 31 Chicago Bears 14-13 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1977 October 16 Minnesota Vikings 22-16 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1977 November 20 Chicago Bears 10-7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1978 September 25 Minnesota Vikings 24-20 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1978 November 12 Minnesota Vikings 17-14 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1979 September 9 Chicago Bears 26-7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1979 October 21 Minnesota Vikings 30-27 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota

1980s (Bears 10-9)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1980 September 21 Minnesota Vikings 34-14 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1980 October 12 Minnesota Vikings 13-7 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1981 October 4 Minnesota Vikings 24-21 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota
1981 December 6 Chicago Bears 10-9 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1982 November 28 Minnesota Vikings 35-7 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1983 October 9 Minnesota Vikings 23-14 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1983 December 11 Chicago Bears 19-13 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1984 October 28 Chicago Bears 16-7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1984 November 25 Chicago Bears 34-3 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1985 September 19 Chicago Bears 33-24 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1985 October 27 Chicago Bears 27-9 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1986 October 5 Chicago Bears 23-0 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1986 October 19 Minnesota Vikings 23-7 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1987 October 11 Chicago Bears 27-7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1987 December 6 Chicago Bears 30-24 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1988 September 18 Minnesota Vikings 31-7 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1988 December 19 Minnesota Vikings 28-27 Chicago, Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1989 September 17 Chicago Bears 38-7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1989 December 3 Minnesota Vikings 27-16 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota

1990s (Vikings 13-8)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1990 September 23 Chicago Bears 19-16 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1990 November 25 Minnesota Vikings 41-13 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1991 September 1 Chicago Bears 10-6 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1991 November 11 Chicago Bears 34-17 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1992 October 4 Minnesota Vikings 21-20 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1992 November 2 Minnesota Vikings 38-10 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1993 September 12 Minnesota Vikings 10-7 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1993 October 25 Minnesota Vikings 19-12 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1994 September 18 Minnesota Vikings 42-14 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1994 December 1 Minnesota Vikings 33-27 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1995 January 1 Chicago Bears 35-18 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1995 September 3 Chicago Bears 31-14 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
1995 October 30 Chicago Bears 14-6 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1996 September 15 Minnesota Vikings 20-14 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1996 October 28 Chicago Bears 15-13 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1997 September 7 Minnesota Vikings 27-24 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1997 November 9 Minnesota Vikings 29-22 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1998 September 27 Minnesota Vikings 31-28 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1998 December 6 Minnesota Vikings 48-22 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
1999 October 10 Chicago Bears 24-22 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1999 November 14 Minnesota Vikings 27-24 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois

2000s (Bears/Vikings 10-10)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
2000 September 3 Minnesota Vikings 30-27 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2000 October 15 Minnesota Vikings 28-16 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
2001 September 23 Chicago Bears 17-10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2001 November 25 Chicago Bears 13-6 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2002 September 8 Chicago Bears 27-23 Minnesota Vikings Champaign, Illinois
2002 October 27 Minnesota Vikings 25-7 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2003 September 14 Minnesota Vikings 24-13 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2003 December 14 Chicago Bears 13-10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2004 September 26 Minnesota Vikings 27-22 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004 December 5 Chicago Bears 24-14 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2005 October 16 Chicago Bears 28-3 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2006 January 1 Minnesota Vikings 34-10 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2006 September 24 Chicago Bears 19-16 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2006 December 3 Chicago Bears 23-13 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2007 October 14 Minnesota Vikings 34-31 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
2007 December 17 Minnesota Vikings 20-13 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2008 October 19 Chicago Bears 48-41 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2008 November 30 Minnesota Vikings 34-14 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009 November 29 Minnesota Vikings 36-10 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009 December 28 Chicago Bears 36-30 OT Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois

2010s (Bears 6-2)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
2010 November 14 Chicago Bears 27-13 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2010 December 20 Chicago Bears 40-14 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2011 October 16 Chicago Bears 39-10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2012 January 1 Chicago Bears 17-13 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2012 November 25 Chicago Bears 28-10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2012 December 9 Minnesota Vikings 21-14 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013 September 15 Chicago Bears 31-30 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois
2013 December 1 Minnesota Vikings 23-20 OT Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota

See also[edit]

Other rivalries involving the two teams

References[edit]