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Blair Walsh Sends Vikings Home Winners in Walkoff Fashion

The Chicago Bears know what it's like to fall victim to a game-winning field goal by Blair Walsh.

The Minnesota Vikings kicker now has four career game-winning kicks after his 36-yard effort capped a fourth quarter comeback win in Chicago. Walsh's last game winner also came against the Bears.

The scores in both games were the same, 23-20.

Sunday's 2015 edition though, gave the Vikings a 5-2 record, and it was also Walsh's first game-winning kick outdoors.

"Those are moments you dream about as a kid and what you work for every single week," Walsh said, "to be put in those situations where the game's come down to the wire and they depend on you."

Soldier Field, a notoriously difficult venue for field goal kickers due to its swirling winds, saw Walsh knock down three field goals on the day (43, 48, 36).

"It started off a little windy pregame, and then the beginning of the game was fairly windy," Walsh noted. "It settled down pretty nicely toward the end. But no, this field is not very nice to kick on. The grass was its usual atrocious self length-wise."

Despite the long grass and unpredictable winds, Walsh was able to cap a comeback win, the Vikings first in Chicago since 2007.

"We would have liked to blow them out and win a lot earlier, but I'll take those situations," Walsh said. "It's only going to make this team tougher, and we're going to be a better team from this."

After missing two field goals through the first four weeks, Walsh has successfully connected on each of his last 13 field goal attempts.

That recent success is something the former Georgia kicker doesn't dwell on.

"I didn't know that, no. I'm trying not to think about it and just make kicks."

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