View game action images as the Vikings take on the Bears under the lights for Sunday Night Football at Soldier Field.
A late rally by the Vikings wasn't enough to overcome three-plus quarters peppered with missed opportunities in a 25-20 loss to the Bears in Chicago on Sunday night.
Minnesota scored 14 points in the final 4:51, but Chicago was able to take a 25-14 lead with 2:48 remaining on a 48-yard field goal by Cody Parkey, who didn't miss a kick on the night after missing four total kicks at home the previous week.
The Vikings responded with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs with 48 seconds remaining, but Minnesota was unable to get a 2-point conversion on a pass that was batted by Akiem Hicks, who disrupted the line from start to finish.
An onside kick attempt by Dan Bailey was fielded cleanly by Benny Cunningham.
The Vikings fell to 5-4-1 (1-1-1 in the NFC North), and the Bears improved to 7-3 with a 2-1 mark in the division.
Chicago visits Detroit on Thursday; Minnesota will host Green Bay next week on Sunday Night Football.
The Bears finished with 308 yards and limited the Vikings to 268. Chicago converted 6 of 12 third downs, including three of the six that needed seven or more yards.
Chicago rushed for 148 yards and was led by Jordan Howard's 63 on 18 carries. Tarik Cohen added 27 on seven runs, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was particularly pesky, totaling 43 yards on 10 carries.
Minnesota finished with 22 rushing yards on 14 attempts.
Trubisky was 20-of-31 passing for 165 yards with a touchdown. He was intercepted twice by Anthony Harris.
Cousins finished 30-of-46 passing with 262 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Diggs caught 13 passes for 126 yards.
Adam Thielen added seven catches for 66 yards.
Cousins' interception in the fourth quarter was returned 27 yards for a touchdown by Eddie Jackson, and the Bears followed with a 2-point conversion pass for a commanding 22-6 lead with 8:30 remaining.
The 14-0 halftime deficit the Vikings faced could have been better or worse.
Chicago gained 15 first downs, compared to five for Minnesota, and the Bears had 202 net yards in the first half while limiting the Vikings to 77 and dominating time of possession (19:55 to 10:05).
Mistakes, including an overthrow on a pass to Diggs in the end zone, a fumble lost by Cook at the Chicago 14 and an interception of Cousins at the Chicago 8 on a play that was snapped at the Bears 32 denied the Vikings best scoring opportunities in the first half.
Q1, 5:58 remaining
Bears 3, Vikings 0
Cody Parkey kicks a 33-yard field goal [12 plays, 64 yards, 6:54 time of possession]
Tightened up in red zone: The Bears were effective in moving the ball inside the Vikings 20-yard line, but Chicago had consecutive negative plays to create a third-and-16. Harrison Smith and Danielle Hunter combined for a tackle of Anthony Miller for a loss of 1. Eric Wilson sacked Mitchell Trubisky for a loss of 5 on the following play.
Q2, 6:00 remaining
Bears 11, Vikings 0
Anthony Miller catches an 18-yard pass from Trubisky (Joshua Bellamy catches a 2-point conversion pass from Trubisky) [13 plays, 82 yards, 7:13]
Ground game gains: The Bears ran the ball on four consecutive plays to go from the Minnesota 39 to the 10. Jordan Howard had gains of 6, 6 and 8 before Trubisky added 9 on a designed QB run.
Q2, 0:50 remaining
Bears 14, Vikings 0
Parkey kicks a 41-yard field goal [10 plays, 41 yards, 3:57]
Costly penalty: On a pass from Trubisky to Taylor Gabriel that Wilson stopped for no gain along the sideline at the 40, officials threw a delayed flag on Wilson for an unspecified unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The call moved the ball to the 25, and the Bears kicked a field goal after netting 2 more yards in four plays.
Q3, 0:07 remaining
Bears 14, Vikings 3
Dan Bailey kicks a 36-yard field goal [8 plays, 13 yards, 3:15]
One step forward, two back: After Anthony Harris's second interception of the night gave the Vikings the ball at the Chicago 31, the Vikings managed just 13 yards on eight plays. Minnesota converted a fourth-and-1 with a pass to Adam Thielen, but Cousins was sacked for a loss of 8 on the next play.
Q4, 11:46 remaining
Bears 14, Vikings 6
Bailey kicks a 36-yard field goal [5 plays, 11 yards, 2:33]
Red zone woes continue: The Vikings failed to fully capitalize on getting the ball at the Chicago 29. The drive started with an 11-yard pass to Diggs, but Minnesota stalled in the red zone again. Cousins was sacked on a third-and-2 to set up another 36-yarder by Bailey.
Q4, 8:30 remaining
Bears 22, Vikings 6
Eddie Jackson returns an interception 27 yards for a touchdown (Adam Shaheen catches a 2-point conversion pass from Trubisky)
Q4, 4:51 remaining
Bears 22, Vikings 14
Aldrick Robinson catches a 13-yard pass from Cousins (Thielen catches a 2-point conversion pass from Cousins) [11 plays, 74 yards, 3:39]
Air it out: Cousins had seven completions for 63 yards during the drive, including two after a pass interference penalty drawn by Kyle Rudolph.
Q4, 2:48 remaining
Bears 25, Vikings 14
Parkey makes a 48-yard field goal [8 plays, 45 yards, 2:03]
Into range: The Bears moved into field goal range when Harrison Smith was flagged for a late hit on a scramble by Trubisky. The 15-yard infraction moved the ball from the Chicago 49 to the Minnesota 36.
Q4, 0:48 remaining
Bears 25, Vikings 20
Diggs catches a 5-yard pass from Cousins [11 plays, 75 yards, 2:00]
Last chance: Diggs had four catches for 41 yards and what became the final score of the game.