In Minnesota, the initial wave of enthusiasm surrounding quarterback Joshua Dobbs has faded. The quarterback, hailed as a folk hero, endured a rough outing in the Vikings’ “Monday Night Football” clash against the Bears, throwing four interceptions in a narrow 12-10 loss. Dobbs struggled to ignite the offense, which only found its rhythm late in the game, albeit in a situation where Minnesota wouldn’t have required many points to secure victory.
Despite sacking Dobbs only twice, the Bears’ defense applied relentless pressure, resulting in turnovers. However, Chicago couldn’t capitalize significantly on the mistakes, managing just three points off Dobbs’ four interceptions.
The Bears faced their own troubles with turnovers, particularly a crucial fumble by Fields that could have extended their lead but ended up as a Vikings touchdown. Although Fields later fumbled again, the Bears’ defense provided him with a chance for redemption in the final minutes, a chance he seized.
In a critical moment on 3rd & 10, Fields connected with an open D.J. Moore for a crucial 36-yard gain, setting up Cairo Santos for a game-winning 30-yard field goal with seconds remaining.
Fields displayed both promise and struggle throughout the game—a strong opening drive marred by missed throws and turnovers. However, in the crucial moments, he demonstrated composure, securing the Bears’ first win over an NFC North opponent since 2021.
The outcome not only affected the Bears’ distant playoff hopes, with a 4-8 record but also had significant implications for the Vikings. The loss pushed Minnesota (6-6) to the No. 7 seed in the NFC, with the Packers, Rams, and Saints in close pursuit. While a win would have positioned the Vikings to contend for the division title, they now face a tough battle just to maintain a playoff spot under coach Kevin O’Connell’s leadership.
Bears vs. Vikings final score