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3 Stats That Stood Out: Vikings-Bears

The Vikings claimed their 13th victory and the No. 2 seed in the NFC Playoffs on Sunday with a 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Minnesota's defense again was particularly dominant, Ryan Quigley tied a rare NFL mark, and the Vikings offensive line handled another round of shuffling.

Latavius Murray rushed for 111 yards and powered for two touchdowns, and Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs hit milestones for Vikings receivers.

Minnesota will host a Divisional round game at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

1. Not in Waynes' world 

Xavier Rhodes has established himself as a lockdown corner with performances throughout the season, but his counterpart, Trae Waynes, was even tougher on the Bears Sunday.

Analytics site Pro Football Focus noted that Waynes was targeted eight times, allowing three catches to be caught for 52 yards. 

Waynes broke up two passes against the Bears.

He also showed strong support against the run this season, totaling 15 run stops, which PFF said led all NFL cornerbacks.

2. Murray after contact

Murray's performance garnered him a nomination for FedEx Ground Player of the Week for Week 17 (vote for him at nfl.com/fedex).

He averaged 5.6 yards per carry, toting the ball 20 times and scored his seventh and eighth touchdowns of the season by bulldozing his way in from a yard each time.

PFF noted that Murray forced three missed tackles and averaged 2.9 yards after contact, gaining a total of 58 of his 111 rushing yards after contact.

3. 22 and 219

The Vikings have been one of the least-penalized teams in the NFL during Head Coach Mike Zimmer's tenure, but Sunday's game featured a lot of yellow laundry on the field.

Chicago and Minnesota combined for 22 accepted penalties that resulted in 219 penalty yards.

The Vikings had a hold and an offensive pass interference call on consecutive plays to start the second half with a second-and-25 and also had a couple of block-in-the-back calls on special teams. 

Given the importance of field position, it will be vital to reduce penalties during the playoffs.

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