Monday Night Football Live-Blog: Bears-Vikings 2nd Half

Monday, December 17, 2007


Chris Berman has the highlight of the night so far. After recapping yesterday's games for 3 minutes he comes with this gem....

"Now for some Football news."- Chris Berman leading into the Roy Williams suspension.

Really? Isn't that all you EVER give us Berman??? Well that and the homerun derby.

13-6 at the start of the third....Vikings get the ball. Allison out to the thirteen. Peterson goes backwards on first down and Michele Tafoya's report from Brad Childress confuses everyone. Jackson tries the slant, but Tillman jumps the play and drops the interception. 3rd and 11....pressure on the blitz but Jackson gets it away to Allison.....he only gets three though. Vikings punt.....

Hester back to his own 30. He's got a return, but he jukes himself out and slips on the turf. Good field position for the Bears though.

That field position is immediately ruined by another Bears penalty. Peterson gets back near the original line of scrimmage. Pressure up the middle and Orton tosses it up in the air.....wow he got blasted by EJ Henderson. Another blitz on third down and Orton throws it into the ground. Bears punt....

Somehow the returner missed the punt and another Vikings player picked it up and ran it out to the 50. God this game is sloppy.

"What we're seeing is offense being set back about ten years with tonight's play."- Ron Jaworski

"Great penetration. I'm talking about 8 men in the box!"- Jaws (Via Hot Carl)

22 yard return is negated due to a fair catch signal and Urlacher runs untouched through the middle on first down. Sack. 2nd and 17.....Jackson to Wade for 9 and it'll be 3rd and 8.....

JACKSON TO FERGUSON!!!! He could go all the way! No!!! Down at the one....71 yards. Ferguson ran through about 8 Bears on that play.....

TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS.....Purple Jesus on the One Yarder......

13-13 tie.............nevermind Longwell kicked the worst Extra Point I've ever seen. Horrible snap and he hooked it left......

13-12 Bears.


Hester gets the bounce at the 30 and goes nowhere. Orton goes back to throw, but is sacked as he holds onto it too long. Coverage sack there....Jaws agrees. Loss of seven. Peterson on the draw gets 4 of it back and it'll be 3rd and 13....Vikings fans back in it.....Incomplete. Bears punt.

Game Leaders according to Yahoo! Game Channel:
J. McKie 1 Rush, 1 yd, I TD
R. Ferguson 2 Rec., 79 yds
(Via Hanrahan

Ugh. Vikings ball at their own 26. Jackson over the middle......

PICKED!!!!!!! McGown was right there. Bears ball at the Vikings' 48. Run up the middle for nothing is followed by another run for a few. 3rd and 4. Screen to Hester and he's not going anywhere. These are seriously two of the worst offenses I've ever seen. Bears punt.....and it's horrible. 22 yards.

Peterson runs for two on first down, Peterson runs for zero on second down, and it's third and long. Urlacher up the middle again!! Another sack. He's about the only player trying tonight. Vikings punt.

Hester on the return.....picks up a few blocks down at the 50. 16 yard return. God he is amazing. Even when he doesn't pick up a ton of yards it's an adventure.

Orton is sacked on first down, but that's negated by a holding penalty on the Vikings. First down....Peterson up the middle for a yard, but there's another penalty! Unnecessary Roughness on a Chicago lineman and that'll make it 2nd and 24. Orton to Peterson....breaks a tackle and gets back most of the yardage from the penalty. 3rd and 6.....

Peterson on the draw.....oooh close. About a half yard short. 4th down. Going for it. Play action!!!!! Wow....that was a horrible throw. McKie was wide open and Orton just missed him completely. Just run it.

"This is tough....I agree."- Jaws to Kornheiser

Peterson gets loose! 15 yards on first down....great run. Vikings ball at midfield....Peterson again and he picks up 4, but inexplicably runs backwards and gains zippy. Taylor gets the ball on 2nd down and makes a few people miss. It'll be 3rd and 1 when we start the 4th quarter.

13-12 Bears after three. Someone please end this game.

3rd and short and Peterson is stopped! The spot looks to be about a half yard short. Vikings are going for it. QB sneak gets it for the Vikes. 1st down at the Bears 39. Play Action to Bobby Wade gets another first down, and that was the easiest play I've ever seen....Jackson could have thrown that behind his back over the middle.

Peterson to the left picks up about seven. Jackson fakes the pitch to Peterson and runs an option the opposite direction. He takes it himself down to the five....first down. The Bears seemed to know the snap count and Peterson is swallowed up for a three yard loss. 2nd and goal from the 8....Charles Tillman is still down after a commercial break and that's not good.

Back to the action....play action and Jackson is shoved out of bounds. And now he's hurt. Here come Bollinger!!! 3rd and Goal. Timeout.

TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS!!! How the hell did that happen?!?!?! Bollinger completely messed up the handoff and somehow the rookie juked out the Bears D. Unbelievable. Vikings go for two......Bollinger sneaks it in!!!!!! What the hell?!?!

20-13 Vikings.


"Welcome to Monday Night Football where Kyle Orton and Brooks Bollinger are your Quarterbacks."- Tony Kornheiser

Hester returns it out to almost midfield but a penalty is bringing it back. 1st down Bears....10:50 left. Play action and Garrett Wolfe makes a nice move to pick up nice. Wolfe again and that's a first down. Orton hits Berrian for a first down and then follows it with another to Olsen. Bears ball at the Vikes 40....

Wolfe is still in....and they screen to him....incomplete. That didn't work, so what do they do? Run the same play again....it's like me in Madden. Wolfe goes nowhere. 3rd and 9......Timeout Bears.

Incomplete....Orton hit as he throws. Flag on the play....Intentional grounding??? No way. He had someone hanging on his leg. Bears punt......and it's a great one. Downed at the two.

Tavaris Jackson comes back in. And just when everyone writes off Purple Jesus he rips off a 28 yarder. Peterson again for 2 yards....2nd and 8. Wade makes a catch for 7 and it'll be 3rd and 1. Richardson picks up the first....5 minutes left.

If Ron Turner is French for "John Shoop," then Lovie Smith is French for "Dave Wannstedt." (Via PM)

Peterson loses two on first down. Jackson hits Dugans for no gain on a rollout and the Bears call timeout. 3rd and 10. Draw to Chester Taylor, and he almost picks up the first down. How the hell do you not see that coming? Just short. Jaws says punt....I say go for it.

"If this is inbounds they're looking for a new punter."- Ron Jaworski

Amen. The Vikings take the 5 yards and they're kicking with 2:56 left. Hester at his own 15.....he picks it up on the bounce, but because of the rush he has zero blocking. Well here's the game....as crappy as it's been....

Orton to Olsen for about 5....clock is running. Muhammad makes a nice catch on the out as Gordon tried to make the pick...19 yards and he gets out of bounds. Orton to Hester for ten yards and that's another first down at the 45.....2 minute warning.

Just in time for the two minute drill. From reader Kyle.....

I wish my high school gave out letters for this: Kyle Orton attended Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, where he lettered in football, basketball, and tennis and gross moustaches.
-Kyle Orton's wikipedia page.

1st and 10....Orton hit, and it's incomplete. Orton goes deep to Berrian!!!!!! PICKED OFF BY SHARPER!!!!! Great play by the safety.....horrible throw by Orton who had Berrian breaking to the post and I hate the Bears.

Wow......what a crappy game. I think that was worse than the 3-0 Pittsburgh/Miami game. Anyway, thanks for joining me folks. You're commenting is greatly appreciated. I'll see you Thursday for either the Bowl Game or the Pittsburgh-St. Louis game. We'll probably have a vote tomorrow.

20-13 Vikes win it.

52 Comments:

"He's a funny guy." - TK

Unlike you, dipshit.

dummy said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:24:00 PM  

best line of the second half so far

great penetration
I'm talking about 8 men in the box!
-Jaws

hot carl said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:28:00 PM  

I wonder if Suzy was in Alabama for the molester's graduation?

dummy said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:30:00 PM  

"What we're seeing here is offense being set back about 10 years." - Jaws

Amen to that.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:33:00 PM  

I trust I haven't missed a ton. I just heard a Donny Mac in Chicago next year reference -- is that the first one?

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:34:00 PM  

Yep....first one amazingly.

Dec 17, 2007, 10:36:00 PM  

If you had to guess which one of these teams was in the playoff hunt which would it be?

That's right...neither.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:37:00 PM  

TD, All Day.

I thought the Bears were supposed to be good at this tackling stuff. That 70 yard pass tells me otherwise.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:38:00 PM  

I'd rather the Bears make the playoffs than the Vikings...the Vikings scare me.

devout cowboy fan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:38:00 PM  

"Missed Tackles: The Story of the 2007 Chicago Bears."

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:39:00 PM  

Yowza. Longwell really yanked that one. This is one ugly game.

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:40:00 PM  

Game Leaders according to Yahoo! Game Channel:
J. McKie 1 Rush, 1 yd, I TD
R. Ferguson 2 Rec., 79 yds

Gotta love NFC North Football in 2007 (Other than the Packers)

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:41:00 PM  

Dear Cowboys Fan,

The only thing you have to fear, is Adrian Peterson himself.

From 651 Representative

Konck said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:41:00 PM  

Dear Cowboys Fan,

The only thing you have to fear, is Adrian Peterson himself.

From 651 Representative

Konck said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:41:00 PM  

Wow, Ferguson really ran out of gas at the end of that long pass play. No problemo, of course, except for a terrible snap.

NHZ said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:42:00 PM  

Seriously, Tavaris Jackson is never going to be good enough to warrant turning over the reigns to him for the next three years to "develop." He's the next...um...Kyle Boller?

NHZ said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:47:00 PM  

I'm 100% convinced this game would be infinitely more exciting if it were the Purple Jesus vs. Devin Hester, heads up.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:48:00 PM  

I'm guessing 651 representative in the house means the area code, as I have never been in that frozen wasteland you call home.

devout cowboy fan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:48:00 PM  

Did Shoop ever really leave? every offensive series for the Bears seems to include a draw play and a WR screen/Zero route. Vintage Shoop. Boooooorrrrrriiiinnnngggg.

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:51:00 PM  

Urlacher is apparently having a fantastic game. Did he tell off one of his baby mamas by text message again?

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:53:00 PM  

That's right Cowboys fans...be afraid of 12 carries for 25 yards.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:53:00 PM  

S2N--

Lance Briggs was handling all the baby-mama drama today...

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:54:00 PM  

Worst. Playcall. Ever.

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:58:00 PM  

Adrian Peterson the Younger decided to show up!

NHZ said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:58:00 PM  

I'd prefer to hammer that backside. Of Jessica Simpson.

devout cowboy fan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:59:00 PM  

hot dog in a hallway, devout cowboy fan. hot dog in a hallway.

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:01:00 PM  

There's another Rambo movie being made and released upon the American public.

I weep for our society.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:02:00 PM  

I just turned on wrestling. Sadly, it was more entertaining the tonight's game.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:02:00 PM  

signal to noise - which is worse news, a new rambo movie or a new "saw" movie?

Actually, if anyone can answer that, feel free. Can't wait for Saw VII!

NHZ said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:03:00 PM  

nhz - I vote Rambo movie. First Blood was actually entertaining. I hated the Saw series from the get-go.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:05:00 PM  

No chance of Stallone's moobs in a new "Saw" movie, so i gotta say the new Rambo is worse.

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:06:00 PM  

"Childress uses audio and video to convey themes to the team at their hotel"....good thing he doesnt use pantomime, cause I dont think Tavaris could understand that art form.

Anonymous said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:06:00 PM  

Ha I missed that Anon. Who said that?

Dec 17, 2007, 11:09:00 PM  

Anyone else catch Tony K.'s explanation for saying how this drive shows how the Vikings have won their four games? "They've run the ball and only passed when it's available. Granted, Peterson doesn't have a lot of yards tonight..."

Okay, stop right there. That, believe it or not, is the problem: not a great game for Peterson or Taylor. It has little to with the game plan, which has balanced the plays 24 run, 26 pass, and they wouldn't be passing that much if Peterson had had, you know, positive yards in the first quarter.

NHZ said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:09:00 PM  

pm - good point, but did you see Saw 4? I went with a very large group of people who liked it...and I was left very puzzled as to the reason. It was awful.

NHZ said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:12:00 PM  

"If you're wondering why football players are running across imaginary yellow lines, Steve Young and Emmitt Smith are here to clarify." - Kenny Mayne during the SC Preview

Two things wrong with that...
1) Very rarely have they been actually getting across the yellow line.
2) Emmitt Smith will not clarify anything.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:15:00 PM  

I'd actually love to hear what Emmitt has to say on the subject. :D

NHZ said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:16:00 PM  

my defense, my defense! why hast thou forsaken me?!

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:20:00 PM  

Never seen any of the Saw franchise. not my cup of tea, but i'm with you on the inexplicability of its following. I don't know why people like those movies so much.

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:21:00 PM  

Love Saw....haven't seen the 4th one though yet. I usually hate horror movies but these are much more than just blood and guts.

Dec 17, 2007, 11:22:00 PM  

"We may have overtime." - Jaws

...please, no.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:23:00 PM  

I think Ron Turner just gave us a shot of NORV! Face there. Nice to see it runs in the family.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:24:00 PM  

If Ron Turner is French for "John Shoop," then Lovie Smith is French for "Dave Wannstedt."

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:27:00 PM  

GROUNDING!!!!!!!!!!!??????? What a miserable shitpile of a call. This officiating crew has made a cesspool of what was already a dungheap.

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:29:00 PM  

"If Ron Turner is French for 'John Shoop,' then Lovie Smith is French for 'Dave Wannstedt.'" - pm

All he's missing is the 'stache.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:33:00 PM  

Too true. With the mustache, all the pieces would be in place.

Anonymous said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:35:00 PM  

Not a good throw, but Berrian needs to grow a pair and fight for that ball.

pm said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:43:00 PM  

AA, a little surprised you didn't touch the Fernando Vina story, he admitted he used HGH.

Mookie said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:47:00 PM  

Wait, why did Lovie not use his last time out after that last kneel down? Wouldn't it have been 4th down? Meaning one more chance for Hester?

Chase said...
Dec 17, 2007, 11:48:00 PM  

Coming first thing tomorrow Mookie.

Dec 17, 2007, 11:48:00 PM  

I liked the first saw, and thought the next two were fine follow-ups. They really lost the thread in the fourth, though.

Kyle Orton is...terrible too! What a surprise!

NHZ said...
Dec 18, 2007, 12:56:00 AM  

it was TK that said the line about setting offense back 10 years. Also Mike called a run by Taylor as being by AP, then cut to Ap on the sideline and Mike continued to talk about AP w/o flinching.
Awful.

Wade said...
Dec 18, 2007, 10:23:00 AM  

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