Vikings beat Bears, clinch 1st-round bye in NFC playoffs

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It would be a major shock at this point if Fox did return to be the Bears' coach, and this 14-33 stretch with one game to go could be his last go-around as a head coach in the NFL. The goal is to make rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky beat them. Two of the Vikings' longest three plays came on Chicago pass interference penalties of 25 and 27 yards.

Minnesota did what it could to eliminate any drama early, scoring touchdowns - both via 1-yard runs by Murray - on two of the Vikings' first three offensive possessions and taking a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

Fox has been a head coach for 15 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Bears.

A better result Sunday wouldn't have changed the momentum inside Halas Hall - but the loss was disconcerting nonetheless.

The Bears struggled mightily in the first half on offense, producing just one first down while rushing for minus-one yard on six carries.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray uses leverage to power through Bears defense for second touchdown of the game. "I think, usually when you get good statistically in total yards it's because you don't give up a lot of plays in the passing game and you can be pretty good that way".

The Bears' lone bright spot was a piece of trickery. They were flagged seven times in the first half for 91 yards. Callahan knelt near the sideline while Tarik Cohen lined up on the opposite side as the expected returner, before sprinting for a sliding catch of the kick that hung over the middle of the field.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs grabs a touchdown in the third quarter to put the Vikings up 23-7.

The Bears failed to capitalize on the momentum, however. It marked the second time they turned the ball over on downs inside the 10 in the fourth quarter alone.

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