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Chester Taylor #29 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball against Chad Greenway #52 of the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Bears have a simple mission tonight: win. If they do, they're the NFC North champions and in the playoffs. So far, so good, as the Bears lead 37-14 after three quarters.
Devin Hester was the story of the third quarter. He broke the NFL's all-time return TD record, busting loose for a 67-yard punt return to the end zone. On his previous return, a kickoff to start the second half, he made it 79 yards before getting tackled.
The Bears added another touchdown, a pass to Rashied Davis in the end zone, and two field goals. The Vikings got a touchdown after third-string quarterback Joe Webb ran 13 yards for the score.
Chicago added to their lead and knocked Brett Favre out of the game in the second quarter. Though the Vikings won't punt or kick to Devin Hester, Jay Cutler did throw to him, hitting DH for a 15-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 10-pt lead. Cutler has 142 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the first half.
But the bigger news of the game is that Brett Favre, already playing with a sprained shoulder, was knocked out of the game. Rookie Corey Wootton sacked Favre near the beginning of the second quarter, driving the old QB into the frozen, hard surface. ESPN reported that Favre was doubtful to return because of a head injury.
The Bears rebounded well from a shaky start, as the Vikings marched down the field for a touchdown on their very first drive. Brett Favre -- who is in despite every indication that he was too hurt to play -- hit Percy Harvin for a 23-yard touchdown.
But the Bears responded. Henry Melton tipped a Favre pass, and Julius Peppers pulled down the interception. The Bears turned that into a field goal. On the next offensive series, Jay Cutler connected with Johnny Knox for a 67-yard touchdown.
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