(Minneapolis, MN) — The Vikings regular season came to an end on Sunday afternoon when they fell to the Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Kicker Eddy Pineiro drilled a 22-yard field goal with 10-seconds left to lift the Bears to victory in a game where the Vikings rested a number of starters as they couldn’t improve their postseason standing. David Montgomery ran for 113 yards and a touchdown for Chicago, which ends the year at 8-and-8. Mitchell Trubisky finished 26-of-37 for 207 yards in the victory. Sean Mannion was 12-of-21 for 126 yards and two picks for the Vikings, who earned the sixth seed in the NFC at 10-and-6. Mike Boone ran for 148 yards and a score in defeat. While the game was going on the Vikings were keeping a keen eye on the Packers and Lions. Had the Lions won the Vikings would’ve opened up the playoffs at Lambeau Field. But the Packers rallied and that meant they had to await the result of the Seahawks and 49ers on Sunday Night Football. With the 49ers hanging on for the win that solidified the Vikings first round match up coming up next Sunday against the Saints and a trip to New Orleans for a noon kickoff in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.
The rest of the field if also set in the NFL. On Saturday, AFC Wild Card action opens up as the Titans visit the Patriots and the Bills travel to face the Texans. The Ravens and Chiefs are the top two-seeds and have first-round byes. The NFC Wild Card round kicks off on Sunday with the Saints hosting the Vikings at noon and the Seahawks visiting the Eagles. The 49ers and Packers earned byes and will be at home in the divisional round.