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41 - 48 Final
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Orton, special teams help Bears hold off Vikings

Oct 19, 2008 - 10:22 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bears finally found a way to win a close game Sunday afternoon - insert rookie Zackary Bowman.

Bowman scored a touchdown on special teams and sealed the win with an interception as the Bears held off a late charge by the Minnesota Vikings en route to a wild 48-41 victory in a key NFC North Division matchup.

"It's nervous if you have to play players that haven't played," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "But Zack Bowman ... Zack's got excellent speed, good size and (he's) a smart guy. We were just hoping that he would come through if he was put in that situation."

Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes and Matt Forte added a 1-yard TD run for Chicago (4-3), which played without starting cornerbacks Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman.

"With their starting corners down and their starting nickel guy down, we thought we were going to be able to throw the ball down the field a little bit," Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte said. "We had the run and the pass going all day, and we were mixing it up pretty well. Just when it came down to it at the end, we didn't get it done."

The Bears, who have lost their three games by a total of eight points, held off another late-game disappointment when Bowman - a replacement in the decimated secondary - intercepted Frerotte's pass in the waning seconds. The Vikings had the ball in the final minute with a chance to tie or go ahead.

"My mindset was just to make the plays when you have the opportunity," Bowman said.

Special teams provided the biggest spark for Chicago, which scored on a 17-yard return by Garrett Wolfe in the first quarter after Chris Kluwe's punt was blocked. Bowman also recovered a fumble in the end zone in the second after Charles Gordon muffed a punt.

"Chuck Gordon's a sure-handed guy back there," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "That's a football bounce. You knew exactly what he was thinking about. He was trying to block that gunner. He gives up that right to block if he signals for a fair catch, so he held it and he was trying to take that gunner off the ball, so he couldn't down it at the 1-yard line, and it took a football bounce."

The Bears also were sharp on offense thanks to Orton, who found tight end Greg Olsen for an 18-yard score in the first quarter and connected with Marty Booker for a 51-yard catch and run late in the third to make it 41-31. Forte's plunge capped the scoring for Chicago.

"Marty Booker turned on the jets and had a huge touchdown for us," said Orton, who was 21-of-32 without an interception. "It seems like everyone is stepping up when their number is called.

"We were banged-up on defense, but we knew we needed to score one more point than they did. We always go into a game thinking we need to score 40 to win. It usually doesn't happen that way."

But the Bears, who lost to the Atlanta Falcons on a last-second field goal last week, allowed 10 straight points late in the fourth - capped by Bernard Berrian's 5-yard TD - a skillful grab which saw the former Bears' receiver drag his back foot in to clinch the score.

The deft footwork may have given a shot of energy to Minnesota's defense, which got the ball back when two runs by Forte and a reverse to Rashied Davis were stopped short of a first down.

But the Bears would not let Frerotte march down the field. On first down from Minnesota's 25, Frerotte was sacked by Tommie Harris, who powered through a double-team to force the Vikings into an eight-yard loss, setting the stage for Bowman's interception.

Adrian Peterson ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings (3-4), who remained inconsistent.

"We've got to be able to get better," Childress said. "The week coming up is a bye, so we need to freshen up, physically and mentally."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    MINNESOTA 14 10 7 10 41
    CHICAGO 14 13 14 7 48 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MIN - TD, ADRIAN PETERSON 1 YD RUN (RYAN
    LONGWELL KICK), 5:42. Drive: 10
    plays, 67 yards in 5:42. Key plays:
    Peterson 16-yard run to Minnesota
    49; Frerotte 14-yard pass to
    Berrian to Chicago

    Oct 19 4:13 PM
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    TD MIN
    BERNARD BERRIAN 5 YD PASS FROM GUS FREROTTE
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 41
    CHICAGO 48 3:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Vikings 41, Bears 48  4th - 3:00Oct 19 4:02 PM
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    FG MIN
    RYAN LONGWELL 23 YD
    MINNESOTA 34
    CHICAGO 48 8:59 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Vikings 34, Bears 48  4th - 8:59Oct 19 3:42 PM


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    TD CHI
    MATT FORTE 1 YD RUN
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    MINNESOTA 31
    CHICAGO 48 14:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Vikings 31, Bears 48  4th - 14:53Oct 19 3:30 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 14 10 7 31
    CHICAGO 14 13 14 41 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MIN - TD, ADRIAN PETERSON 1 YD RUN (RYAN
    LONGWELL KICK), 5:42. Drive: 10
    plays, 67 yards in 5:42. Key plays:
    Peterson 16-yard run to Minnesota
    49; Frerotte 14-yard pass to
    Berrian to

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    TD CHI
    MARTY BOOKER 51 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    MINNESOTA 31
    CHICAGO 41 2:35 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Vikings 31, Bears 41  3rd - 2:35Oct 19 3:20 PM


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    TD MIN
    ADRIAN PETERSON 54 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 31
    CHICAGO 34 10:40 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Vikings 31, Bears 34  3rd - 10:40Oct 19 2:59 PM


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    TD CHI
    RASHIED DAVIS RECOVERED FUMBLE IN END ZONE
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    MINNESOTA 24
    CHICAGO 34 12:12 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Vikings 24, Bears 34  3rd - 12:12Oct 19 2:54 PM


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    FG CHI
    ROBBIE GOULD 48 YD
    MINNESOTA 24
    CHICAGO 27 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings 24, Bears 27  HalfOct 19 2:32 PM


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    TD MIN
    CHESTER TAYLOR 1 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 24
    CHICAGO 24 0:22 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings 24, Bears 24  2nd - 0:22Oct 19 2:26 PM


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    TD CHI
    ZACKARY BOWMAN RECOVERED FUMBLE IN END ZONE
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    MINNESOTA 17
    CHICAGO 24 4:58 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings 17, Bears 24  2nd - 4:58Oct 19 2:11 PM


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    FG MIN
    RYAN LONGWELL 42 YD
    MINNESOTA 17
    CHICAGO 17 9:10 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings 17, Bears 17  2nd - 9:10Oct 19 1:57 PM


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    FG CHI
    ROBBIE GOULD 26 YD
    MINNESOTA 14
    CHICAGO 17 13:33 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings 14, Bears 17  2nd - 13:33Oct 19 1:49 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 14 14
    CHICAGO 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MIN - TD, ADRIAN PETERSON 1 YD RUN (RYAN
    LONGWELL KICK), 5:42. Drive: 10
    plays, 67 yards in 5:42. Key plays:
    Peterson 16-yard run to Minnesota
    49; Frerotte 14-yard pass to
    Berrian to

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    TD MIN
    VISANTHE SHIANCOE 14 YD PASS FROM GUS FREROTTE
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 14
    CHICAGO 14 2:18 LEFT, 1ST QTR

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    TD CHI
    GARRETT WOLFE 17 YD RETURN OF BLOCKED PUNT
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 14 5:43 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Vikings 7, Bears 14  1st - 5:43Oct 19 1:26 PM


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    TD CHI
    GREG OLSEN 18 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 7 2:35 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Vikings 7, Bears 7  1st - 2:35Oct 19 1:18 PM


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    TD MIN
    ADRIAN PETERSON 1 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 7
    CHICAGO 0 9:18 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Vikings 7, Bears 0  1st - 9:18Oct 19 1:10 PM