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Bears At Vikings Score Update: Ryan Longwell Gets Minnesota On The Board First

The Minnesota Vikings have drawn first blood in their season finale against the Chicago Bears, and they did it via the turnover.

After the Vikings were forced to punt on their first possession, Benny Sapp (who, apparently, was not disciplined for his exploits earlier this week) caused a fumble by Bears' wide receiver Earl Bennett. It was not initially ruled a fumble, but Leslie Frazier threw the challenge flag and the replay showed that Bennett fumbled before being down by contact, with the ball clearly being recovered by Minnesota.

So, the Vikings took over near midfield, and after a nice run of 24 yards by Toby Gerhart and a nice pass from Christian Ponder to Percy Harvin on a third down, the Vikings' offense stalled in the red zone and was forced to settle for a 26-yard Ryan Longwell field goal.

With 8:46 left in the first quarter at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings lead the Chicago Bears by a score of 3-0.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.