Looking at the stat sheet would lead most to believe that Minnesota came away with a victory on Sunday, while the Bears defense allowed a lot of yards it kept the Vikings out of the end zone.
Good Starts: Making his NFL debut as the starting quarterback for the Bears, rookie Rex Grossman led Chicago to a field goal on the opening drive of the game. The 38-yard conversion by kicker Paul Edinger, his first in three games and the first time that they scored on the first drive of the game. Grossman was 0-for-3 passing on the drive, but the possession was aided by a 33-yard pass interference penalty on Minnesota on the first play of the game that set the Bears up on the Minnesota 35.
Other first for Grossman: First completion: Came on an 11-yard pass to tight end Desmond Clark on second-and-four from the Chicago 39 on the second drive of the game.
First touchdown drive: On Chicago's third drive of the game, completed four-of-five passes for 72 yards to help put running back Anthony Thomas in position for a one-yard scoring run, his team-leading fifth of the season.
40 Clark Street: With three catches for 30 yards against the Vikings, Desmond Clark became the first Bears tight end to record 40 receptions in a season since 1997 when Ryan Wetnight totaled 46 catches for 464 yards. In his fist season with Chicago, Clark is the team's third-leading receiver with 395 yards on 41 catches while starting 13 games at tight end. Clark's reception and yardage totals rank as the second-highest of his career.
Double-Down for Brown: Bears defensive end Alex Brown set a Bears season-high for sacks in a game with two on Sunday, with both takedowns of Daunte Culpepper taking place on Minnesota's first drive of the contest. With his first multi-sack game since recording 1.5 at Minnesota on Sept. 14, Brown now leads the team with 5.5 sacks on the season and now has eight for his career. Brown also tied his career-high for sacks in a game with two he had last Nov. 10 vs. New England at Memorial stadium.
Seventh Heaven: Bears kicker Paul Edinger scored seven points on the afternoon against the Vikings to move into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time franchise scoring list with 384 points over his four-year NFL career. Edinger entered the day in a tie for seventh with former kicker Roger LeClerc (1960-66) At 377 after beginning the season ranked 12th in scoring in Bears history. Next up for Edinger on the team annals is running back Neal Anderson (1986-93) who ranks sixth with 426. Edinger is on pace to lead the team in scoring for the four-consecutive year with a team-high 93 points on the season.
Ground Gains: The Bears were victimized for 178 rushing yards against Minnesota today, the four-highest allowed by Chicago this season. Minnesota recorded the season-high rushing total against Chicago earlier in the year when the Vikings rushed for 202 yards on Sept. 14. Having defeated Denver on Nov. 23 despite allowing 200 rushing yards, the Bears have won two in a row when permitting over 175 rushing yards. Recording their rushing total on 38 carries, Minnesota dominated the time of possession in the game, holding an edge in each quarter for a game total 37:15 to 22:45 for Chicago. Sunday's game marks the first win for the Bears when trailing in time of possession since a 14-13 win at Atlanta last Sept. 15.
Extra Points: The 393 total net yards allowed by the Bears on Sunday ranks as their second-highest total allowed this season. The 54 offensive plays run by Chicago in the game is tied for the second-lowest total of the season (43 at MIN, 9/14). With Minnesota running 74 plays on Sunday, Chicago's opponent has run off over 70 plays four times this season and two consecutive. The three penalties called against the Bears on Sunday is the team low of the season and lowest overall since also being flagged for three at Carolina last Dec. 22. Bears punter Brad Maynard set a season high by pinning the Vikings inside their own 20 yard line four times on only five punts. Maynard's career-high for punts in-the-20 is six, posted several times with the last being Green Bay on Dec. 9, 2001.