Vikings beat Bears, clinch 1st-round bye in NFC playoffs

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Mitchell Trubisky finished his rookie season with a turnover-free game, completing 20 of 36 passes for 178 yards. Aided by a key block from Christian Jones, Callahan nearly immediately had a clear path to the end zone for the touchdown that cut the Vikings' lead to 14-7. The first time it seriously appeared like Fox's job was in danger was following that dismal 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers in November, when the team's chief rival was an underdog without its best player (Aaron Rodgers) and still managed to win.

John Fox will likely be coaching his last game as the Bears head coach Sunday.

The Bears will finish in the cellar of the NFC North for the third consecutive season under Fox, who was hired by the team in January 2015 after a four-year stint as the Denver Broncos' coach.




If there were concerns raised on Sunday or by the last three games, it is that the Vikings haven't had to play a good team since they lost at Carolina on December 10, and haven't beaten a good team since they were in Atlanta on December 3. He leaped to his feet and veered left past the confused Vikings and untouched for the score.

Case Keenum threw for 189 yards, 65 going to Stefon Diggs and 61 to Adam Thielen, to go with a touchdown, caught by Diggs. Veteran Joe Berger will move from right guard to take Elflein's place, making his first start of the season at center.

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