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• The Bears executed an outstanding game plan in this matchup, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Minnesota did not have a first down until more than halfway through the second quarter, and Minnesota only converted one third down during the entirety of the game. In a game where Minnesota had so much on the line (needed to win to make the playoffs), it was extremely impressive to see Chicago come in and basically dismantle the Minnesota offense.
• At this point in his career Mitchell Trubisky is not a quarterback that will throw four touchdowns per contest, but it is precisely that the Bears do not ask him to do so that shows their understanding of how to win with this personnel group. A dominant defensive performance and a nice job by Trubsiky of managing the offense was enough to earn Chicago a score of 10 in both personnel and game planning.
• Minnesota attempted to convert a fourth and 3 from their own 32-yard line with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. They were trailing by 11 at this point, and essentially forfeited three points in failing to convert. Minnesota had not shown much life at all during the game, but it could be argued that this decision to try to convert was made too early.
• Chicago did have some issues with game clock management. They were charged a delay of game in the first half and had to use two timeouts in the first half to prevent additional delay of games. They had used two timeouts by mid-4th quarter as well.