Jared Allen of the Chicago Bears rushes against Michael Harris...

Jared Allen of the Chicago Bears rushes against Michael Harris of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on Oct. 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Getty Images / Jonathan Daniel

CHICAGO -- The Vikings were in position to get back to .500 on Sunday, but a 21-13 loss to the Chicago Bears, a team that appeared to be teetering on the brink after back-to-back blowout losses, now has the Vikings staring into the abyss.

The Vikings, aided by a 48-yard run by safety Andrew Sendejo on a fake punt, jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead on the Bears, who had allowed 50-plus points in each of their two previous games before Sunday. The led to some lusty boos from the hometown fans at Soldier Field.

But from that point forward, the Vikings offense stalled and the defense struggled to get off the field on third down, with Bears wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall using their size and strength to box out Vikings defensive backs to move the chains.

Jeffery and Marshall combined to catch 18 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bears dominated in time of possession and held the Vikings to 243 yards. But a missed field goal and a pair of interceptions from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who passed for 330 yards, allowed the Vikings to hang around through three quarters despite an anemic offensive performance.

Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for just 158 yards and one touchdown on 18-of-28 passing. The Vikings as a team had just 50 passing yards though three quarters.

On his team's final drive, Bridgewater's desperation pass in the final minute was intercepted in the end zone by Ryan Mundy.

In the fourth quarter, after a missed field goal by Blair Walsh, the Bears converted a pair of 4-and-1 plays before Cutler threw his third touchdown, putting the Bears ahead 21-13, though the Vikings did make it interesting late before Bridgewater was picked off in the end zone.

The loss dropped the Vikings to 4-6 and sent them back down into the NFC North basement. Their next three games are at TCF Bank Stadium, though, starting with the Green Bay Packers next week.

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