Bears thwart Vikes' comeback bid in OT
By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) -- Brett Favre got the Minnesota Vikings to overtime. The Chicago Bears got the victory.
Jay Cutler threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Devin Aromashodu 9 minutes into overtime, and the Bears beat the fading Vikings 36-30 on Monday night to give New Orleans Saints homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Nick Roach recovered a fumble by Adrian Peterson following a catch, setting up Cutler's fourth touchdown pass of the game and sending Minnesota (11-4) to its third loss in four games.
This one comes following a dustup between Favre and coach Brad Childress on the sideline last week, and it prevented the Vikings from locking up a first-round playoff bye.
Favre led them on a 68-yard touchdown drive after the Bears regained the lead, connecting with a leaping, twisting Sidney Rice on a 6-yard pass on fourth down that tied it at 30 with 16 seconds left in regulation.
Chicago's Robbie Gould had a chance to win it on the first possession of the overtime but missed a 45-yard field goal wide right.
The Bears (6-9) took advantage a few minutes later, though, when Hunter Hillenmeyer knocked the ball away from Peterson and Roach recovered. Cutler found an open Aromashodu, who had beaten Antoine Winfield, and the Bears won for just the third time in 11 games.
Favre has never led a team to a win after trailing by 17 or more points. The Bears were up 23-6 in the third quarter and the Vikings were able to tie it twice.