Vikings defeat Bears 23-20 in overtime

MINNEAPOLIS - Blair Walsh's 34-yard field goal with 1:43 left in overtime gave the Minnesota Vikings a 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday after both teams missed kicks in the extra period.

"Just a wild football game that I'm so glad that we came out on top," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "Just a terrific job by our football players. Just very, very proud of the way they played and battled through adversity and overcame so many different situations during the course of that game."

Adrian Peterson rushed 35 times for 211 yards for the Vikings (3-8-1), who tied Green Bay the previous week.

Peterson had two 11-yard runs on the final drive to get well within range for Walsh, who missed a 57-yard try earlier in overtime.

Walsh had to kick that one because Rhett Ellison was called for a 15-yard face-mask penalty to wipe out a 39-yard make by Walsh that would've ended the game.

The Bears (6-6) then reached the 29-yard line, but coach Marc Trestman called for a field goal on second-and-7.

Robbie Gould's 47-yarder went wide right.

Peterson entered the afternoon needing 154 yards to reach 10,000 yards in his career. He has become the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach the mark.

"It's just so impressive when you consider I think he's one of the youngest running backs to ever achieve it," Frazier said. "I think third quickest of anybody who has ever done it. It's a testament to his greatness. He's rare. There's a lot more to be done in his career. He's the best, he's the best in pro football, reigning MVP."

Peterson passed the mark for Minnesota in the fourth quarter Sunday against Chicago in his 101st career game. Eric Dickerson got there in 91 games, and Jim Brown reached the milestone in 98 games.

"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," Peterson said. "I've reached this mark and it's great. Give God all of the glory for blessing me and to be in a position to accomplish all of the things that I have accomplished so far, but I still have a long way to go to surpass those guys, and that is what I look to do."

Peterson also passed the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his seven seasons with the Vikings. He fell 30 yards short in 2011, when injuries limited him to 12 games.

Christian Ponder suffered a concussion late in the second quarter. Matt Cassel played the entire second half for the Vikings.


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