Bears-Vikings Snapshot

The Bears go for the franchise scoring record, while trying to get out of Minnesota in one piece. Get the series history, rankings and fast facts for Sunday's game between the Bears and Vikings.

Chicago Bears (11-4) at Minnesota Vikings (8-7)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 1/1/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

SERIES: 90th meeting. The Vikings lead the series 47-40-2. The series has been split in each of the past three seasons, with each team winning at home.

2005 RANKINGS: Bears: offense 28th (9th rush, 31st pass); defense 1st (8th rush, 3rd pass).

Vikings: offense 26th (29th rush, 22nd pass); defense 26th (18th rush, 24th pass)

If the Bears can hold the Vikings to under 19 points, they will set a new franchise record for fewest points allowed in a season. That and getting QB Rex Grossman a bit more game conditioning heading into the postseason is about all the Bears stand to gain Sunday. They have secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC and simply want to escape Minnesota with their key players healthy.

The Vikings' motivation comes from trying to secure a winning record. Coach Mike Tice has also indicated he wants to get an increased look at a few of the Vikings' key younger players. However, he won't do it at the cost of losing the game as he attempts to convince owner Zygi Wilf to re-sign him. Players like QB Shaun Hill only figure to see significant playing time if the game gets out of reach one way or the other.

Bears: RB Thomas Jones needs 27 rushing yards to become the second player (Walter Payton) in franchise history to rush for 1,300 yards in a single season.

Vikings: S Darren Sharper needs one interception to tie the single-season franchise record of 10 help by Paul Krause. ... QB Brad Johnson is 11-5 as a starter in December and January games.

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