Monday Night Football Recap Week 16

The Monday Night game went to the Windy City, and the Chicago Bears were looking to play spoiler against the Minnesota Vikings, who were looking towards home-field and a first round bye. A loss would complicate the picture, and give New Orleans home-field. What happened? An overtime thriller…

Minnesota 30, Chicago 36 (F/OT)- Jay Cutler went 20-35 for 273 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 39 yard touchdown pass to Devin Aromashodu, and gave the Chicago Bears a huge 36-30 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in overtime. Cutler began his great night with a touchdown pass from seven yards out to Greg Olsen, and propelled the Bears to a 16-0 lead at the half. The Vikings came back in the fourth quarter when the second of two Adrian Peterson touchdowns tied the game at 23. With under five minutes to go, Cutler threw his third touchdown pass to Earl Bennett to put the Bears up 30-23. Then in the closing moments, the magic of Brett Favre struck again. He found Sidney Rice for his second touchdown pass with 16 seconds left for six yards and tied the game at 30 and sent the game into overtime. In overtime, Cutler hit Aromashodu on a 39 yard strike to give the Bears the victory, and give the New Orleans Saints home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, and moved the Philadelphia Eagles into the #2 seed in the NFC. Essentially there are now four teams fighting for the #2 seed and a first round bye into the Divisional Playoffs (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Arizona, and Dallas), and next Sunday will determine everything. Philadelphia is at Dallas (with the winner winning the NFC East), Minnesota is hosting the New York Giants (where they are 7-0 at home this season), and Arizona is hosting playoff bound Green Bay (a team that they could potentially play again the very next week). The Bears look to close out their season (and possibly the Lovie Smith era) at Detroit on a positive note. Cutler finally showed the flashes of brilliance that won over the fans in Denver, and got lost in the midst of the 26 interceptions that have plagued him all season. The year is almost over for him. Vikings (11-4), Bears (6-9)

  1. January 10th, 2010
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