The Minnesota Vikings defense spent the last week trying to figure out what went wrong in the Week 1 loss.
The scrutiny will last another week as the secondary allowed Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears to move the ball 66-yards on 10 plays for the game-winning score with 10 seconds remaining in the game.
Robbie Gould knocked the extra point through to provide the winning margin of 31-30 Sunday at Soldier Field.
The Vikings (0-2) shut the Bears down in the second half allowing only three first downs before the final drive.
During the final three minutes and 15 seconds, Cutler completed 7-of-10 passes, including the 16 yard strike to tight end Martellus Bennett at the goal line with 10 seconds remaining.
The Bears (2-0) were able to easily move the ball down the field, including two drives that it did not score on because of turnovers, in the first half. Bennett scored two touchdowns and had 76 yards on seven catches.
Cutler completed 28 passes, but 25 of them went to Bennett, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. Forte led the Bears with 11 receptions.
The Vikings offense was better than it was in Week 1, but got into the end zone only once. That scoring drive came late in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass from Christian Ponder to Kyle Rudolph to tie the game 21-21.
Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 105 yards and Brian Robison returned a fumble 61 yards for the Vikings first two touchdowns of the game.
In the second half, the Vikings were able to tie the game and take a six-point lead to the Bears' final drive on the leg of Blair Walsh. The second year kicker made two kicks of 28 yards and one of 22 yards.
Players of the Game
Offense - Kyle Rudolph. The tight end caught three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Defense - Letroy Guion. The defensive tackle forced and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter.
Special Teams - Cordarrelle Patterson. The wide receiver returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown.
Minnesota…..07 14 03 06 - 30
Chicago……..14 10 00 07 - 31
Vikings - Patterson 105 kick return (Walsh kick).
Bears - Bennett 1 pass from Cutler (Gould kick).
Bears - Marshall 34 pass from Cutler (Gould kick).
Vikings - Robison 61 fumble return (Walsh kick).
Bears - Jennings 44 interception return (Gould kick).
Vikings - Rudolph 20 pass from Ponder (Walsh kick).
Bears - Gould 20 kick.
Vikings - Walsh 28 kick.
Vikings - Walsh 28 kick.
Vikings - Walsh 22 kick.
Bears - Bennett 16 pass from Cutler (Gould kick).