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By the numbers: 3 key stats from Vikings-Bears

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Sunday's game between the Vikings and the Bears at Soldier Field, when broken down by the numbers, was reflected by the 31-30 one-point victory for Chicago: The teams were fairly even in pretty much all the statistical categories that add up to points scored, specifically total yards and time of possession.

Yes, the Vikings took away the takeaways, getting four turnovers to Chicago's two, and even one Viking fumble - by John Carlson, on essentially the last play of the game - didn't matter. But that vaunted stat did not translate to victory. Otherwise, even the penalties were nearly even, so at least it was a fair game, in some respect.


Number of yards on the game's first play, a kickoff return for a touchdown by the Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson. He averaged 49.7 yards on three returns.


Yards-per-kickoff-return for the Bears's Devin Hester, who chewed up 249 yards on five returns, ensuring that Chicago won the field-position game-within-the-game.


Number of times, out of seven games, Minnesota has won at Soldier Field with Adrian Peterson on the team.

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