The Vikings season came down to the final week and a battle against the Chicago Bears. Needing a win or Philadelphia Eagles loss to Washington to qualify for the postseason, the Vikings got neither and saw their season conclude.
Here are five takeaways from the season-ending loss to Chicago.
1. Bears dominated the line of scrimmage
On both sides of the ball, Chicago played better on the line of scrimmage. It started early in the game, as Chicago marched 71 yards on six plays on its first possession. That series included a 42-yard burst from Jordan Howard, his longest run of the season. The Vikings offense didn’t have the same explosion, as it gained only 11 yards on the first nine plays and finished the game with only 164 net yards and a per-play average of 3.2 yards. Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks was a menace for the Vikings, as usual, and it was too much to overcome.