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Bridgewater excelling when it matters most

Teddy Bridgewater has shown discipline beyond his years as the anchor of the Vikings offense.

The soon-to-be 23-year-old quarterback has an 85.5 passer rating on the season, but he has exemplified the ability to play his best when it matters most.

Bridgewater has a 93.8 passer rating in the final four minutes of games in his career.

Teddy was even better than that in this situation on Sunday.

ESPN's Ben Goessling writes that Bridgewater had a perfect passer rating in the final four minutes of the Vikings' 23-20 comeback win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Say this for Teddy Bridgewater: After a game where the Minnesota Vikings quarterback was near his worst in the second and third quarters, he saved his best for last.

Bridgewater connected on six of his final seven passes, throwing for 106 yards and a touchdown and posting a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in the final four minutes of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, when the Vikings were down seven and needed a touchdown to avoid their eighth consecutive loss at Soldier Field. Bridgewater had only thrown for 81 yards on 23 attempts before that drive, and had contributed to a 14-point swing with an interception before halftime and an overthrown pass to Mike Wallace that could've gone for a touchdown. But with some help from Stefon Diggs and Charles Johnson -- not to mention a defense that stopped the Bears on their last drive -- Bridgewater engineered 10 points in the dying minutes of the game.

Teddy's performance against the Bears earned him a nomination for the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of Week 8. Click here to vote for Bridgewater.

Fourth quarter numbers

Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com reiterated the fact that Bridgewater's play seems to only get better towards the end of the game. Krammer took a look at the quarterback's numbers in the final quarter on Sunday.

In the fourth quarter, Bridgewater completed 7 of 11 throws for 114 yards and a touchdown* as he led three scoring drives to bring the Vikings back from the brink.*

Bridgewater rebounded when it mattered most, as all four of the Vikings' longest plays on the day came on the final two drives--starting with his 19-yard scramble on second-and-18. A free blitzing Christian Jones didn't faze him when he delivered a 20-yard dart to Diggs, who caught his 40-yard touchdown on an adjusted route just a few plays later. Then Johnson put his 39-inch vertical to work on a leaping grab to set up the game-winning field goal after Diggs, who tried playing through a late knee injury, left the game.

Diggs a threat in the Vikings air attack*
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Stefon Diggs has become one of Teddy Bridgewater's top options in Minnesota's passing game. The rookie wide reciever is stealing the show for Vikings' air attack writes Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

Seven games into the season, though, it's fifth-round rookie Stefon Diggs who leads the team in yardage (419), receptions per game (6.3) and yards per catch (16.8).

Diggs ripped through the Bears for another 95 yards off six grabs in Sunday's 23-20 win over Chicago. After Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio held the rookie to just four yards over the first two quarters, Diggs lashed the defense for gains of 12, 15 and 20 yards before beating the Bears on an underneath option route that turned into a 40-yard, game-winning touchdown.

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