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Vikings dominate the Bears in 38-17 win, improve playoff picture

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Chicago Bears 17

Minnesota Vikings 38

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had one of his best games in his short NFL career, throwing a career-high four touchdown passes and rushing for a fifth, in leading Minnesota to a 38-17 victory over the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota's offense was clicking, with Bridgewater completing 17 of 20 for 231 yards and the four TDs and no interceptions.

Running back Adrian Peterson was limited after he suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. He went to the locker room for a while for treatment, and returned to the game in the second half. But he finished with just 63 yards.

Matt Asiata and Jerrick McKinnon helped pick up the slack in the running game.

The Vikings defense dominated the Bears through much of the game, sacking Bears quarterback Jay Cutler five times. They forced Cutler into two turnovers – a fumble and an interception – both of which led to Vikings' scores.

The Vikings have two games left in the regular season – they host the Giants Dec. 27 in a prime time game, and then face the Packers at Lambeau Field on Jan. 3.

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