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“She is always a novelty, for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.”

For a while, Mark Twain’s famous quote about the Windy City related to anything but the Minnesota Vikings' success against their division rival to the south. For nearly a decade, it was the same story every time. Before Week 5 of this season, only once in nine meetings at Soldier Field dating to 2008 did the Vikings come away with Custom Detroit Red Wings Jersey a victory over the Chicago Bears.

The Vikings reached a crucial juncture ahead of their trip to Chicago on Oct. 9. They were 2-2 and had just lost rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a season-ending ACL tear. Their matchup with the Bears fell in the midst of a three-game stretch of NFC North opponents, after a 14-7 loss to Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium. Up next were Chicago and Green Bay.

Sam Bradford made a brief return at Soldier Field after a three-game absence. By the end of the first quarter, it was clear something was awry. Bradford had re-aggravated the injury to his left knee, which made for a lack of mobility and led him to be sacked four times while he completed just five throws for 36 yards.

With 25 seconds until halftime, a hobbled Bradford was replaced by Case Keenum, who had started the previous three games. Hanging onto a one-point lead entering the third quarter, Keenum completed 17 of his 21 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings went on to escape Chicago with a 20-17 win.

It wasn’t close to pretty, but Minnesota solidified the notion that it could overcome tough circumstances on the road Custom Golden State Warriors jerseys and find a way to grind out a win.

When Stefon Diggs suffered a groin injury in the first half, Keenum turned to Jerick McKinnon, who totaled 95 yards rushing and a touchdown along with 51 yards receiving. When left guard Nick Easton went down with a calf injury, reserve Jeremiah Sirles made a seamless transition as his replacement.

With the game tied 17-17 ahead of the two-minute warning, the NFL’s best safety lived up to his billing. Harrison Smith's interception of Mitchell Trubisky lined up the Vikings’ winning field goal.

“It was big,” Diggs said. “I wouldn’t say really like a turning point, but definitely some momentum moving into rest of the season that no matter how we have to do [it], we can get a W, and we can finish.”

If not a turning point, the Vikings’ Week 5 victory was certainly the tipping point of their season.

The victory in Chicago was the start of an eight-game win streak. Minnesota beat Green Bay the following week and won its rematch with Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. From Weeks 10 through 12, the Vikings topped 400 yards of total offense each game, the first time they'd had such a productive three-game stretch since 2010.

“I think it was that stretch that we talk about where every game seemed like a bigger game,” receiver Adam Thielen said. “It was a really big part of the season that every win we needed to kind of get us to the point we’re at right now.”

The importance of the Chicago victory at that point in the season sparked Minnesota’s turnaround. In hindsight, had things tipped the other way with a loss, the momentum could have gone with it.

“Yeah, I’d like to say no, but I think it’s reality that it is,” Thielen said. “You lose a game, and it’s almost like you definitely lose momentum. When you can stack wins on top of each other, you just keep building confidence. Sometimes you feel like your offense is clicking extremely well, even though maybe it’s not. That just helps you moving forward because confidence is a huge thing in this league, and it can go a long way.”

Just as they shifted the course of their Custom Seattle Seahawks Jersey season against the Bears, the Vikings (12-3) can accomplish yet another feat against them in Week 17. A victory over Chicago (5-10) would give Minnesota a first-round bye in the playoffs.

“I think this is the first time in my career where you can officially say Custom Cleveland Indians Jersey this game counts as more than one,” Rudolph said. “Every week we stand up here and say it’s one week, it’s one win, it’s one loss. This week counts as two wins, essentially. If we can go out and get a win, it guarantees us that we get next week off.”

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