8:30 PM ET, December 17, 2007
Minnesota was without top cornerback Antoine Winfield for the second half due to a left shoulder injury. ... Chicago converted only one of 14 third-down conversions.
With the quarterbacks for both teams struggling to read coverages and throwing off their heels and too often to the wrong team, the Vikings returned to what got them back into the playoff picture. Both teams concentrated on stopping the run as they slid an eighth defender into the box a good portion of the game to try and force the quarterbacks into throwing the ball. In the second half, the Vikings started running the ball to the left side with RB Adrian Peterson gaining 56 of his 78 yards after halftime. Going behind the power blocking of OT Bryant McKinnie and OG Steve Hutchinson, Peterson managed to give the ground game a jump start, which helped the Vikings to overcome a three-interception performance by QB Tarvaris Jackson.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.7||5.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||10:41||Robbie Gould 29 Yd||3||0|
|FG||10:07||Ryan Longwell 42 Yd||3||3|
|FG||06:57||Robbie Gould 47 Yd||6||3|
|TD||00:30||Jason Mckie 1 Yd Run (Robbie Gould Kick)||13||3|
|FG||00:00||Ryan Longwell 48 Yd||13||6|
|TD||10:29||Adrian Peterson 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed)||13||12|
|TD||10:56||Adrian Peterson 8 Yd Run (Brooks Bollinger Run For Two-Point Conversion)||13||20|