Cutler helps himself with fancy footwork

Linebackers

Grade: 6

Nick Roach had one of his more impactful games, stripping Peterson and getting in on seven tackles. He should have had another but was trucked by the powerful Peterson on his 23-yard fourth-quarter run. He also may have been responsible for leaving tight end Kyle Rudolph alone on his touchdown.

Lance Briggs was effective in pass coverage, breaking up two throws, including one to Rudolph that could have been a touchdown. He also was a physical presence for Vikings coming across the middle on short crossing routes.

Safeties

Grade: 8.5

Major Wright and Conte came up with two takeaways (Wright had a fumble recovery; Conte had an interception). Conte also knocked a ball out of Rudolph's hands that could have been a touchdown.

Wright was back to playing like himself, coming downhill hard in run support and forcing some big collisions. He even put some heat on Ponder on two blitzes.

Cornerbacks

Grade: 6

Bears corners were fortunate Vikings receivers played so poorly, both in terms of getting open and catching the football.

Charles Tillman was on the field for only 18 snaps, but he was very active with a pass breakup, a fumble recovery, in which he had to tangle with Peterson to keep the ball, and two excellent tackles.

On the play he was injured, Tillman fell and left Rudolph wide open for a 25-yard gain — the longest in the game.

Special teams

Grade: 5.5

Peppers' blocked field goal would have been appreciated more if the Bears did not allow Kevin Williams to block a Robbie Gould attempt after collapsing Lance Louis and J'Marcus Webb with a four-man overload.

The fake extra point/two-point conversion was well thought out and well-executed, with Carimi throwing a key block on Sanford.

The Bears allowed a 38-yard kickoff return, downed a punt before they should have and Eric Weems nearly touched a Vikings punt he was trying to let bounce.

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