Amazing! But where was this talent all season?
After building an early 16-point lead on the back of inspired defense and even more inspired gunslinging from Jay Cutler, the Bears weathered a Viking comeback and a back-and-forth OT to win 36-30.
Technically a meaningless contribution to a 6-9 season, the Bears truly impressive showing buoyed the raucous fans in the stands.
Not to mention we totally screwed up Brett Favre's post-season plans.
The Vikings, already the NFC North champions, had already lost two of three entering the game and were trying to stop their late-season fade. The Bears win gives New Orleans home field advantage through the playoffs.
The surprise architect of the Vikings' demise: Jay Cutler.
Showing much of the talent promised when the Bears signed him this year, Cutler threw four incredible touchdown passes -- including a 39-yard OT toss to Devin Aromashodu for the win.
That TD capped a riveting OT which shouldn't have been -- Favre tied the game with only 16 seconds left on an endzone corner pass to tie the game 30-30.
Chicago's Robbie Gould had a chance to win it on the first possession of the overtime but missed a 45-yard field goal wide right.
The Bears took advantage a few minutes later, though, when Hunter Hillenmeyer knocked the ball away from Adrian Peterson and Nick Roach recovered. Cutler found an open Aromashodu, who had beaten Antoine Winfield, and the Bears won for just the third time in 11 games.
Favre has never led a team to a win after trailing by 17 or more points. The Bears were up 23-6 in the third quarter and the Vikings were able to tie it twice.