Minnesota Vikings: Studs and duds vs. Bears in Week 17

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Following the Minnesota Vikings falling to the Chicago Bears in Week 17, here are three studs and duds from the loss for the Vikings.

After wrapping up the No. 6 seed in the NFC Playoffs a week ago, the Minnesota Vikings went into the regular season finale in Week 17 looking to finish the year off on a high note while not risking any injuries prior to the start of postseason play next weekend.

Minnesota welcomed a fellow NFC North opponent to end the year, taking on the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. With a bulk of the backups and second-string players taking the field for the Vikings throughout the divisional showdown, Minnesota fell to Chicago in the final seconds at home, dropping the contest 21-19.

In the game, the Bears were able to get out to an early lead over the Vikings on their home field, holding a 6-0 lead after the first quarter while grabbing a low-scoring 11-6 advantage going into halftime in Minneapolis.

In the second half, Minnesota was able to put together a comeback to climb back into the game, grabbing a one-point lead late in the game to only have Chicago burry a game-winning field goal with 12 seconds remaining to pull out the road victory.

With the win, the Bears improved back up to the .500 mark on the season to finish the 2019 campaign with a record of 8-8. Chicago will ultimately miss the playoffs, but were able to climb back up to a .500 record on the season.

In the loss, the Vikings will ride into the playoffs having lost two straight games to two NFC North opponents. In the defeat, Minnesota wraps up the regular season schedule with a record of 10-6 overall and will hit the road as a Wild Card team next weekend in the opening round of the playoffs.

Now with the regular season officially in the books, let’s go back and look at three studs and duds from the Week 17 game for Minnesota from Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.