Peterson puts Bears in trouble
The Minnesota Vikings kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears, who have now lost three of their last five outings.
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Adrian Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Harrison Smith returned an interception for a score as the Vikings moved to 7-6 for the season.
They are now just a game back of the Bears, whose misery was compounded in the closing stages when quarterback Jay Cutler was forced out of the game.
Cutler threw for one touchdown but was picked off twice before a hit to the head from Everson Griffen in the fourth quarter ended his participation.
Jason Campbell took over for the final three minutes of the contest and did manage a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Marshall, though once Chicago failed to gather the onside kick their hopes were over.
Christian Ponder again struggled under centre for the Vikings, completing just 11 of his 17 pass attempts for 91 yards. He was picked off once
Thankfully for Minnesota they could rely on Peterson to move the ball - the tail-back topped 100 yards before the first quarter was over, scoring from one yard out on two occasions to make it 14-0.
Cutler's 23-yard strike to Alshon Jeffery in the second quarter cut the deficit in half, though the Bears quarterback then saw a pass picked off by Smith and returned 56 yards to the end zone.
Tail-back Matt Forte managed 85 yards on 13 carries for Chicago, meaning he becomes just the fourth player in the franchise's history with 5,000 rushing yards, joining Walter Payton, Neal Anderson and Rick Casares on the list.