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Vikings vs. Bears: How they scored, etc.

It's the Vikings and the Bears in a Week 6 match-up at Soldier Field in Chicago. Check here for the latest updates on the game, and more.
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It's a Vikings Sunday, that means BMTN will track tonight's game as it goes on, including observations from those covering it.

We're not in the Metrodome this week, but in a secluded location far, far away from Soldier Field. We wouldn't have it any other way. Besides, we're laying a bit low. A lot of zombie talk out there. As in, it's also the season premiere of "The Walking Dead" tonight, and the opening few lines of the Season 2 promo creepily mirror the Vikings season: "We're facing a long, hard journey. Maybe even harder than we can imagine. I don't what are chances are. Slim, I guess. Maybe it's all about slim chances, now."

Nope, we're not making that one up. Listen for yourself:

5:54: Absolute best pre-game tweet, from Brian Murphy of PiPress: "Soaking it all in at Soldier Field, where I can say with confidence Leslie Frazier will not be starting a post-game fight with Lovie Smith."

6:04: Murphy, of course, is referring to the hissy-fitthrown by Lions coach Jim Schwartz after losing to San Francisco. Yes, the overrated Lions are now 5-1.

6:14: For the Vikings, CB Antoine Winfield is on the inactive list. Bears DE Julius Peppers will play.

 7:24: Al Michaels says Vikings in "serious condition," but with AP they have a chance to win any game. Collinsworth: McNabb may need to win to save his job.

7:27: Walking Dead update -- Cardinals 4, Brewers 1 in bottom of first. Milwaukee loses, they're toast.

7:30: Julius Peppers to wear brace on left knee. He looks scary with the Darth Vader helmet.

7:31: Kickoff! Vikes start at their own 20.

7:34: McNabb, mechanics issue solved, tosses one high to Shiancoe. Vikes go three-and-out in first series.

7:36: Bears 7, Vikings 0 -- Jay Cutler hits Devin Hester with a 48-yard TD pass to give Chicago an early lead.

7:40: McNabb almost tosses a pick 6. Rocky, rocky start.

7:41: Bernard "I've been open for years" Berrian drops a third-down pass delivered between his numbers. It could be a long night.

7:44: Great tweet from WCCO's Mark Rosen: "Hard to catch a a football when you are arguing with fans on twitter."

7:49: Again, Brian Murphy from PiPress: "Vikings have run 6 offensive plays -- tipped pass, 2 dropped passes, near interception. The unit is humming otherwise."

7:52: Bears 9, Vikings 0 -- McNabb sacked in end-zone for safety. Walking Dead.

8:00:Bears 16, Vikings 0 -- Chicago scores again as Marion Barber runs one in from the 3-yard line.

8:14: Troubling tweet from Star Tribune's Michael Rand: "Vikings 1-9 in past 10 primetime games, counting NFC title game."

8:15: Bears 16, Vikings 3 -- Ryan Longwell hits 37-yard field goal to get Minnesota on the board.

8:25: NBC crew pondering McNabb's fate. According to boys in booth, switch to Ponder will come "very soon."

8:26: Berrian catches low pass on 3rd down, can't move it past first-down marker. Vikes forced to punt, which Kluwe shanks.

8:32: Bears 23, Vikings 3 -- Cutler hits Sanzenbacher for 13-yard TD strike.

8:34: Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, ex-Twin Nick Punto hits a sac fly to put the Cardinals up 7-4 over the Brewers in the NLCS.

8:44: Vikings go for it on fourth-and-three, with 2:00 left in first half. Vikings' Michael Jenkins called for a false start. To make matters worse -- Longwell misses FG attempt.

8:49: Bears 26, Vikings 3 -- Gould hits 51-yard field goal. Chicago up by 23.

8:55: Miserable half comes to end. Ponder shown with helmet on. Tease?

9:02: Another tweet from Mark Rosen: "There is no earthly reason to have McNabb play the 2nd half..the defense sucks as well, but Ponder has to play NOW!"

9:06: Anonymous tweet: "Time to do my nails."

9:10: Sports scribe Steve Aschburner picks up on the zombie bit, tweeting: "I'd tune into "The Walking Dead" but not sure whether that's on TBS, NBC or AMC right now." Noted.

9:12: Jared Allen's sack forces fumble, which he recovers. Vikes stop Bears drive early in third quarter.

9:17: Bears 26, Vikings 10 -- Adrian Peterson runs one in from the 4-yard-line for the Vikes first TD of night.

9:21: Bears 33, Vikings 10 -- Devin Hester runs kickoff back 98 yards for touchdown.

9:23: Lorenzo Booker doesn't.

9:24: McNabb sacked. All momentum gained seven minutes ago -- lost.

9:25: McNabb sacked again. Vikings backed up to 10-yard-line. Punt.

9:30: Best tweet so far, from KARE-11/BMTN anchor Eric Perkins: "This is my open plea to not tune away from this trainwreck of a game. We'd love you to stick around and watch @kare11 after the debacle." Ratings, ratings, ratings...

9:35:Bears 36, Vikings 10 -- Gould hits 26-yard field goal, as Chicago stretches lead.

9:39: Bad knee and all, Julius Peppers shoves down McNabb for his second sack.

9:39: McNabb sacked for the fourth time in two drives. Punt formation.

9:39: NBC shows McNabb's mom leaving stadium. Harsh.

9:40: Christian Ponder shown warming up on Vikings sideline.

9:50: Bears 39, Vikings 10 -- Gould hits his third FG of the night, a 22-yarder.

9:53: Christian Ponder era begins in Minnesota as backup QB takes his first regular-season snaps.

9:54: Ponder runs right for a first down. Mobility.

10:03: Ponder's first drive starts on Vikings 35, ends on Bears 13, as Minnesota turns it over on downs.

10:19: Two-minute warning. Twitterverse wondering if Ponder or McNabb will start against the Pack on Sunday.

10:23: Final -- Bears 39, Vikings 10.

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