After the Minnesota Vikings returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, a Devin Hester 75-yard kickoff return set the Bears up on their opening offensive series. A series that was capped off with a Jay Cutler touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett.
Later in the first quarter, Cutler tossed his second touchdown of game, this time to wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
In the second quarter, Bears’ safety Major Wright was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a possible concussion.
The Vikings were able to get to Cutler on a third-down play in the second quarter where Jared Allen forced a Cutler fumble. The fumble was recovered by Brian Robison of the Vikings and returned for a touchdown to tie the game at 14.
Though as he did with the opening kick-off return for the Vikings, Hester responded for the Bears with a 80 yard kickoff return. After Matt Forte brought the Bears within a yard of the end zone, a Jay Cutler pass was intercepted on a first and goal play. Ponder, however, returned the favor by throwing an interception to Tim Jennings who returned the pick for a touchdown to give the team a 21-14 lead.
The Vikings managed to tie the game late in the first half when Ponder connected with tight end Kyle Rudolph on a touchdown pass.
A field goal by Robbie Gould in the closing seconds of the first half gave the Bears a 24-21 lead at half time.
Two of the keys entering today’s game was the Bears’ pressure on Vikings’ quarterback Chrisitian Ponder and a quick start for the Bears’ offense. The Bears pressured Ponder constantly in the first half and that led to another struggle for the Vikings’ quarterback in the first half.
Looking beyond the two turnovers, Cutler had two first half touchdown passes for the Bears against the Vikings. Regardless of what the score would suggest, the Bears had a clear advantage over the Vikings in the first half. That advantage, partially, was contributed to the early success of the offense.