The Vikings fell to 0-2 on the season with a 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler engineered another game winning drive and connected with Martellus Bennett for the game winning touchdown with 10 seconds left in the game.
"Very difficult loss. Our guys played extremely hard for four quarters," said head coach Leslie Frazier. "On the road, that last two minute sequence, I could have done some things different."
Frazier seemed to take personal responsibility for the loss that saw his team lose more ground in the NFC North.
Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson got the team off to a great start as he returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. The offense sputtered early and the Bears answered back with two first quarter touchdown passes from Cutler who finished 28-of-39 for 290 yards and three touchdowns.
Brian Robison was in the right place at the right time when he scooped a Cutler fumble and ran 61 yards to tie the game at 14.
Christian Ponder completed 16-of-30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown but it was his one interception that cost the Vikings dearly. Ponder telegraphed a pass to Jerome Simpson that was intercepted by Tim Jennings and returned 44 yards for a touchdown.
Adrian Peterson finished with 26 carries for an even 100 yards in the game.
Leading 27-24, Latroy Guion stripped the ball from Matt Forte setting up another field goal that extended the lead to 30-24 setting up Cutler's heroics.
The Vikings play their home opener on Sunday at noon when they host the 0-2 Cleveland Browns.