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                === Bears beat Vikings on Bennett's late TD ===
 
 Chicago,  IL  (Sports Network)  - Martellus Bennett's  touchdown catch with 10
 seconds  to play gave the Chicago Bears a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings
 on a rainy day at Soldier Field.
 
 Jay  Cutler was picked  off twice and lost a fumble, but finished the game 28-
 for-39 with 290 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (2-0), who opened the
 season with a three-point win over Cincinnati.
 
 Bennett  finished with  seven catches for 76 yards, Brandon Marshall had seven
 catches for 113 yards and a score, while Matt Forte had 90 yards on 19 carries
 and  71 yards on 11 catches for Chicago, which has won seven of the last eight
 games against Minnesota.
 
 "I  saw a  lot of resiliency today  out of this team," said Chicago head coach
 Marc Trestman. "We had a heck of an opponent today and they gave it their all.
 This was one of the tougher games I've ever had to coach."
 
 Adrian  Peterson  rushed for 100  yards on  26 carries, while Christian Ponder
 went  16-for-30 for  227 yards,  one touchdown  and one  interception for  the
 Vikings  (0-2),  who  have  lost  two straight  division  games  to  open  the
 season after falling in Detroit last week.
 
 "This  was  a very difficult loss  because I thought our guys played extremely
 hard,"  said Minnesota  head coach Leslie Frazier. "We just constantly battled
 in  a tough place  to play on the road. I told the players and staff after the
 game  that I don't  think I could have asked for better preparation and better
 fighting."
 
 Chicago  began the game-winning  drive at its own 34 trailing by six with 3:15
 to play.
 
 On  3rd-and-4, Cutler got the ball to Marshall for a 12-yard gain, and the two
 got together for a 10-yard catch on 3rd-and-1 to again move the chains. Facing
 a  1st-and-20 after a  holding call, Bennett caught a pass for 23 yards to get
 the  ball to the  16. After a spike and an incompletion, Cutler sent a pass to
 the  left and Bennett  reached out for it before crossing the goal line inside
 the  left  pylon. The  extra-point was  good and it  was a  31-30 game with 10
 seconds left.
 
 A  squib  kick on the  ensuing kickoff was  fumbled by Minnesota, with Chicago
 recovering and Cutler taking a knee to run out the clock.
 
 It  was special teams play that got this game started as Cordarrelle Patterson
 took  the opening kickoff  five yards deep in his own end zone and brought the
 ball out. Breaking it out to the right sideline, he got a few blocks and raced
 into the end zone to give the Vikings a quick 7-0 lead.
 
 Devin  Hester  nearly answered  as he was  one man away  from breaking his own
 return touchdown, but he was pushed out of bounds at the Minnesota 32.
 
 Forte  broke a 24-yard  run around the right side, and Bennett caught a 1-yard
 score along the left side to make it a 7-7 game less than three minutes in.
 
 Late  in  the first quarter, the  Bears got the ball  back at their own 14 and
 Cutler  hit Bennett for 14 yards before Alshon Jeffery took a handoff 38 yards
 to  the Minnesota 34.  The next play, Cutler tossed it down the right side and
 hit  Marshall in  stride for a score and  a 14-7 lead with 1:04 to play in the
 first.
 
 In  the second, Chicago  was driving and had the ball at the Minnesota 31, but
 Jared  Allen sacked  Cutler and  stripped the  ball out  of the  quarterback's
 hands.  Brian Robison picked  the ball up and ran it in for a 61-yard score to
 tie the game with 7:34 left.
 
 Hester  broke off  another return on the  ensuing kick as he was pushed out of
 bounds at the Minnesota 23 for an 80-yard return.
 
 Chicago  got the ball down to the one on four straight runs, but Cutler's pass
 on  1st-and-goal was tipped  at the line and Kevin Williams came down with the
 ball for a touchback.
 
 The  team  wasn't able to  take advantage, though,  as Tim Jennings stepped in
 front  of  a Ponder pass  for an  interception and took  it home for a 44-yard
 score and a 21-14 lead with 2:51 to play in the half.
 
 Minnesota  answered  quickly  as  Peterson's  36-yard run  set  up  a  20-yard
 touchdown catch from Kyle Rudolph to tie the game with 1:11 left in the half.
 
 Chicago,  though,  was able to  get into scoring  position thanks to a 31-yard
 catch  from Marshall, as that set up a 20-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to
 end the half with Chicago holding a 24-21 lead.
 
 Peterson  had  fumbled the ball  on Minnesota's  first possession of the third
 quarter,  but  the team got the  ball back at its  own 9-yard line and went to
 work.
 
 The  first play saw  Patterson catch a pass for 14 yards to give the team some
 room.  Peterson  handled the  ball on  the next  four plays  for 18 yards, and
 Ponder  later  threw a bomb to  Jerome Simpson for 37  yards to set up a first
 down  at the  Chicago 14. The drive  stalled, though, and a 28-yard field goal
 from Blair Walsh tied the game at 24-24 with 2:32 to play in the third.
 
 After  holding  Chicago, Minnesota went  on a  13-play, 79-yard drive that was
 capped  on a 28-yard  field goal from Walsh for a 27-24 lead, and the team got
 another 22-yard field goal from Walsh for a 30-24 advantage with 3:15 left.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Greg  Jennings led  Minnesota receivers  with five  catches for  84 yards  ...
 Chicago  posted  411 yards,  while Minnesota  totaled 350  ... There were just
 seven  penalties in  the game, four on Chicago ... Chicago plays in Pittsburgh
 next Sunday ... Minnesota has its home opener next Sunday against Cleveland.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 09/15 20:00:12 ET