Mitch Trubisky experienced his first career start and his first career loss as Bears starting quarterback on Monday night at Soldier Field.
The Bears rookie threw an interception late in the fourth quarter, and the Vikings capitalized for a 20-17 victory.
From the Bears’ 10-yard line late in the fourth quarter, Trubisky tried to force a pass to tight end Zach Miller, and Harrison Smith picked him off. The Vikings took the lead on Kai Forbath’s 26-yard field goal with 12 seconds to play.
Trubisky finished his night 12-for-25 for 128 yards, a touchdown pass, an interception and a lost fumble.
Trubisky’s first career touchdown pass was a 20-yard strike to Miller, who caught the ball in the end zone only after Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo deflected it into the air. The Bears completed a two-point conversion to tie it at 17-17 with 12 minutes, 24 seconds to play in the fourth when Trubisky handed off to Jordan Howard, who handed off to Miller, who pitched it to Trubisky.
Before that, the Bears’ first touchdown of the night came on a fake punt. Bears punter Pat O’Donnell lofted a pass to wide-open running back Benny Cunningham, who avoided a couple of tackles for a 38-yard touchdown. The extra point cut the Vikings’ lead to 10-9.
Vikings backup quarterback Case Keenum took over late in the first half for Sam Bradford, who was ineffective in his return from a left knee injury. Keenum led the Vikings on a 75-yard touchdown drive to open the second half, capped with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for a 10-2 lead.
The Vikings took a 17-9 lead on Jerick McKinnon’s 58-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Bears went into halftime down 3-2, their only points scored when outside linebacker Leonard Floyd took down Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead late in the first quarter.
The Vikings took the lead in the first half after Trubisky’s first career turnover.
On the first play of a drive starting at the Bears’ 20-yard line in the second quarter, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen got around Bears left tackle Charles Leno Jr. to strip sack Trubisky. Linval Joseph recovered the ball on the 13-yard line, but the Bears defense held the Vikings to Kai Forbath’s 26-yard field goal.
The Bears committed six first-half penalties for a loss of 45 yards, the most costly Markus Wheaton’s holding penalty that nullified Howard’s 42-yard touchdown run. Cody Whitehair also had a holding penalty that wiped out a 26-yard Trubisky pass to Tre McBride.
Bears inside linebacker John Timu left the game with a knee injury and didn’t return.
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