In a heartbreaking loss, the Vikings are now 0-2 with a gut-punch 31-30 loss to the Bears on a touchdown in the final seconds.
The Vikings defense forced four turnovers against the Bears. One of those turnovers was a sack by Jared Allen which resulted in a fumble that was recovered by Brian Robison and landed the Vikings a touchdown.
The beginning of the game was no slouch either. Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returned a 105-yard kickoff for a touchdown.
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett caught a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left for the game-winning score.
With the score tied 24-24 entering the fourth quarter, the Vikings created two takeaways in the final quarter — an interception by safety Harrison Smith and a forced fumble and recovery by nose tackle Letroy Guion.
Christian Ponder threw a pick-six in the second quarter that gave the Bears a 21-14 lead. But Ponder made some critical plays with his feet and arm in the second half. That included a 22-yard pass to Greg Jennings on third-and-3 to the Vikings 6-yard line with less than 4 minutes remaining.
And for all the hustle that was happening in the second half by Ponder and the Vikings, it wasn’t enough.