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Bears Week 12 win over Vikings: Everything You Need to Know

Bears pull out a hard-fought win over Vikings, breaking NFC North losing streak. Defense and kicker Santos lead the way.

The NFC North losing streak has finally come to an end! Although it may have been a tough game for many bleary-eyed Monday Night Football viewers, it was a night of celebration for Bears fans as Chicago secured a hard-fought 12-10 victory over Minnesota.

The game was a roller coaster, not due to any explosive offense, but because of the incredible playmaking of the defense. The NFC North teams combined for six turnovers, with the last two occurring in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Despite the mistakes, the Bears managed to secure the win with the help of kicker Cairo Santos.

As the team heads into the bye week with a triumphant win, there is much to discuss about the Bears' Week 12 victory over the Vikings.

The final score of the game was Bears 12, Vikings 10.

Keys to the game

Justin Fields came up clutch in the fourth quarter, despite losing two fumbles. He made a crucial throw to DJ Moore for 36 yards, setting up Cairo Santos' game-winning field goal.

The Bears won the kicking battle, with Cairo Santos outperforming Vikings kicker Greg Joseph.

Chicago's defense dominated the Minnesota offense, picking off Josh Dobbs four times and holding the Vikings to under 250 yards of total offense.

Bears coach Eberflus secured his first NFC North win, marking a significant milestone in his Chicago career.

It was over when Cairo Santos' field goal secured the Bears' 12-10 win, bouncing back from an early miss on the opening series.

5 stars of the game

WR DJ Moore had an outstanding performance, with 11 catches for 114 yards.

DE Montez Sweat was a force off the line of scrimmage, racking up 1.5 sacks, one tackle-for-loss, two QB hits, and three total tackles.

LB T.J. Edwards acted as the Vikings' Grim Reaper, tallying one interception, one pass deflection, one QB hit, and six total tackles.

CB Jaylon Johnson made an athletic interception, knocked away three passes, and got four tackles, solidifying himself as one of the league's best pass defenders.

K Cairo Santos was the most impactful player on the field, hitting four crucial field goals, including the game-winner.

What's next

The Bears will have an extra week to savor their divisional win, as they head into their bye week. They will return to action in Week 14 with the goal of facing off against the rival Lions at home. The game will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 12 p.m. and will be televised on FOX.

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