Chicago Bears (11-4) at Minnesota Vikings (8-7)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
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.
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)
KEYS TO THE GAME
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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