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Continued: Sid Hartman: Cassel once again shows wisdom of his signing

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 2, 2013 - 9:38 AM

“It’s so funny because I actually think I could have scored on that play,” Peterson said of his 11-yard run that set up Blair Walsh’s winning kick. “But my mind-set was hold on to the ball and get as many yards as possible.”

Peterson has been fighting a groin problem, but he looked healthy enough against the Bears.

Move by Trestman

For Marc Trestman, a former St. Louis Park resident, it was his first time as head coach of the Bears going against the Vikings in the Metrodome.

The tough loss could hurt the Bears’ chances of winning the division.

Trestman will be second-guessed for his decision to let Robbie Gould try a 47-yard field goal on second-and-7 in overtime. The kick missed wide right, giving the Vikings another chance to win.

Asked what his thought was on kicking on second down, Trestman said: “There were a couple of things. We were definitely in range, and I didn’t want to, at that point in time, risk a penalty that would set us back, something similar that had on the other side, or a fumble or something unique. I felt we were clearly in range, and we could get the game over at that time.’’

Trestman has seen Gould make a number of 50-yard field goals, and his percentage was good enough to try it, but it failed and that cost the Bears the chance to win the game.

Trestman paid tribute to Peterson, who had one of his biggest days of this season.

“We were doing everything we could [to stop him],” he said. “Real tough loss, congratulations to Leslie and their team. They played hard, and we didn’t play well enough to win.’’

Bears surprised

The Bears had won seven of the past eight games against the Vikings.

The home team has won 20 of the past 24 meetings, with Minnesota’s victory at Soldier Field in 2007 and the Bears’ wins at the Metrodome in 2006 and 2011 and TCF Bank Stadium in 2010 as the only road victories in the series since 2002.

Well, none of the experts expected the Vikings to have to go to overtime to beat a Bears team that a week ago lost 42-21 to the Rams. The Bears gained 424 yards on offense that day, but they gave up 404, including 258 yards on the ground.

But this was a different Bears team that invaded the Metrodome for the last time.

Wilf can run

Both Mark and Zygi Wilf were on the sidelines when Walsh kicked the winning field goal.

I got a kick out of watching Zygi take off running toward the players, who were celebrating on the opposite end of the field. That man can move.

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