2014 DRAFT GUIDE
5 things to know after Vikes top Bears 23-20 in OT

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI - AP Sports Writer
    2013-12-02 02:45

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Greg Jennings fought a stomach flu all game and was already halfway up the tunnel with what he thought was a victory under his belt when the Minnesota Vikings had to holler at him to get back on the field.

Blair Walsh's 39-yard field goal was wiped away by a penalty, rendering the fireworks and the celebration premature.

''I didn't even see the flag; I was so ready to get in the locker room,'' Jennings said. ''Then I heard my name being called and having to go back out on the field.''

Jennings then watched Walsh miss a 57-yard field goal, Chicago kicker Robbie Gould miss a 47-yarder and Adrian Peterson carry the Vikings back into field goal range in a wild overtime that ended with Walsh's 30-yard boot that stunned the Bears 23-20 Sunday.

Peterson shrugged off a gimpy groin to finish with 211 yards on 35 carries and the Vikings (3-8-1) narrowly avoided their second straight tie when Walsh's last kick sailed through the uprights for the win with 1:43 left to play in the extra quarter.

When the game was finally over, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf ran onto the field, wildly hugging players, soaking in a rare bit of positivity in what has been a miserable season.

''You have got to believe, you can't tuck your tail and run, you can't give up no matter how it looks you have to continue to fight,'' said Peterson, whose Vikings rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to get the win. ''That's one thing that we have done all year. Our record doesn't show it, but you guys have heard me say it time and time again; I haven't seen guys quit. When I look in their eyes there is fight there.''

Alshon Jeffery had 12 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (6-6). If they aren't able to catch Detroit (7-5) in the NFC North, they may look back to this game as the one that really cost them.

Jeffery had touchdowns of 80 and 46 yards in the third quarter to put the Bears up 20-10, but the banged-up defense couldn't find an answer for a determined Peterson, who rushed for 51 yards in overtime alone.

''We've got to put up a win in the win column. ... The standings don't matter if you don't win football games,'' said Bears quarterback Josh McCown, who threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns.

Here are five things that stood out from the wild game:

CASSEL TO THE RESCUE: Vikings starter Christian Ponder was struggling mightily until he was knocked out in the second quarter with a concussion. Matt Cassel stepped in and ignited the offense, throwing for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the second half.

''For me now that I've been doing it for a little while, it's about always being accountable to your teammates throughout the course of the week,'' Cassel said.

PETERSON'S MILESTONE: In racking up his fifth career 200-yard game, Peterson also surpassed 10,000 career yards in just 101 games. Only Jim Brown and Eric Dickerson have reached the plateau faster.

''Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson are the guys that I looked up to, the guys that motivated me to be better than them and I still have a long way to go,'' he said.

ROOKIE MISTAKE: Bears first-year coach Marc Trestman made a head-scratching decision in overtime.

With the Bears driving into Minnesota territory, Trestman elected to try a 47-yard field goal on second down, rather than spend another play or two trying to get closer to the end zone. Gould missed the kick, and the Vikings responded with the game-winning drive.

''We were definitely in range, and I didn't want to at that point in time risk a possible penalty that would set us back, similar to what happened on the other side, or a fumble of some kind,'' Trestman said.

JEFFERY'S EMERGENCE: Brandon Marshall was the Bears receiver who grabbed all the headlines as Jay Cutler's favorite target. But Marshall said earlier this year Jeffery has all the tools to be one of the greats, and Jeffery is proving his mentor right.

Jeffery is the only player in the league to top 200 yards receiving in a game twice this season and so frustrated the Vikings that cornerback Chris Cook was ejected for bumping an official after giving up his second touchdown in the third quarter.

''The sky is the limit,'' Jeffery said. ''I strive to be my best. I would like to go to the Super Bowl and then there are records to break after that.''

PATTERSON'S IMPRESSION: The crazy game almost got crazier at the end of regulation. Gould tried a 66-yard field goal as time expired and it landed in return man Cordarrelle Patterson's hands. After Auburn's Chris Davis returned a missed field goal to beat Alabama on Saturday, Patterson tried to do it against the Bears, but was tackled at Minnesota's 22.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Anthony SpencerJul 25 12:12a

Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) said he is feeling good but is not sure when he will be able to start practicing. Spencer said he is not sure [ More ]

Ndamukong SuhJul 24 05:02p

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh's long-awaited contract extension is highly unlikely to occur before the start of training camp, according to a source. The Lions commence training camp Sunday, July 27.

Vince WilforkJul 24 04:52p

New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') said he doesn't have any limitations, or he wouldn't be practicing.

Aaron RossJul 24 04:42p

Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') has been placed on Injured Reserve. Ross will miss the entire season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Terrance WestJul 24 04:32p

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed), DT Jacobbi McDaniel (undisclosed), OG Jeremiah Warren and OL Chris Faulk (undisclosed) returned to the team's active roster Thursday, July 24.

Corey PetersJul 24 04:32p

Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') plans to be back for Atlanta's season-opener, saying he's optimistic and is feeling good.

Kevin BurnettJul 24 04:12p

The Oakland Raiders have cut LB Kevin Burnett.

D.J. HaydenJul 24 04:02p

Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) is out for the start of training camp with a stress fracture in his foot.

Odell Beckham Jr.Jul 24 03:42p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not take any reps in practice Thursday July 24, as he continues to rehab from a hamstring injury.

Jonathan StewartJul 24 03:32p

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is expected to miss one-to-two weeks as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Stewart will not be placed on [ More ]

Laron LandryJul 24 02:52p

Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis (undisclosed) and FS LaRon Landry (undisclosed) both did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.

Jason HatcherJul 24 02:42p

Washington Redskins DT Jason Hatcher (knee) said he is progressing pretty quickly from a knee injury. I want to get back on the field, but I know I've got [ More ]

Chase FordJul 24 02:12p

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) had a procedure on his left foot last week for a stress fracture and is expected to miss training camp.

Justin BlackmonJul 24 02:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon will not be cut by the team after his most recent arrest, according to owner Shad Khan. 'We want him to get help he needs,' Khan said.

Jamaal WestermanJul 24 02:02p

The Cleveland Browns signed LB Jamaal Westerman (Steelers) Thursday, July 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Taylor LewanJul 24 01:52p

The Tennessee Titans signed OL Taylor Lewan Thursday, July 24. Per NFL rules, the length of the contract is four years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Larry DonnellJul 24 01:32p

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is listed as the team's starting tight end on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.

Tre BostonJul 24 01:02p

Carolina Panthers SS Tre Boston (hernia) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Jonathan StewartJul 24 12:52p

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, but the team will leave him on the active roster heading into training camp.

Cam NewtonJul 24 12:42p

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.

Rob GronkowskiJul 24 12:12p

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, July 24. He worked for an hour and 15 minutes before watching the rest of the activities. [ More ]

Anthony SpencerJul 24 12:12p

Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform List Thursday, July 24.

Aaron RossJul 24 11:52a

Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') has torn his Achilles' tendon.

Deone BucannonJul 24 11:32a

Arizona Cardinals S Deone Bucannon was not dropped into the starting lineup during offseason workouts, as the team has faith in FS Tony Jefferson and FS Rashad Johnson. He [ More ]

Ray RiceJul 24 11:31a

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended for the first two games of the season, according to sources. The announcement is expected Thursday, July 24.

Blake BortlesJul 24 11:22a

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics likely will be revised. Bortles' flaw has been over-reliance on his right arm when throwing; he doesn't use his legs enough. A [ More ]

Mikel LeshoureJul 24 11:14a

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is currently believed to be the fourth tailback on the club behind RBs Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick heading into training camp [ More ]

Justin BlackmonJul 24 10:53a

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday, July 23, in Oklahoma.

Jordan PalmerJul 24 10:52a

Chicago Bears QB Jordan Palmer still has the first shot at winning the backup quarterback job, according to head coach Marc Trestman.

R. Griffin IIIJul 24 10:22a

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's designed running plays might be 'few and far between,' according to head coach Jay Gruden. He still has the green light to scramble [ More ]

Daniel FellsJul 24 09:42a

New York Giants TE Daniel Fells has received the first snap in 11-on-11 drills during the team's two days in training camp. Kellen Davis and Adrien Robinson have [ More ]

Ahmad BradshawJul 24 08:33a

Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) has been cleared to practice. Bradshaw is an RB4, but he could be worth more if Trent Richardson fails to produce again.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group