Matt Forte ran for 120 yards on 23 carries and added two pass receptions for 31 yards, which upped his career total of yards from scrimmage to 9,068, which moves him ahead of Neal Anderson but still a long way from Walter Payton’s franchise mark of 21,264.
Significantly, Forte generated much-needed big plays, with a runs of 41 and 16 yards in addition to a third-quarter pass reception for 26 yards.
If there is a question overhanging the running-back position it was why the Bears went away from it with the game on the line. The Bears took possession of the football at the Chicago 47 after Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh missed from 57 yards, and Forte proceeded to run for 24 yards on five straight carries to reach the Vikings 29 with second-and-7.
Coach Marc Trestman then took the ball out of Forte’s hands by ordering a field goal try by Robbie Gould from 47 yards rather than continuing to move the ball closer.
Forte’s 151 total yards from scrimmage were supplemented by one run by Michael Bush for 15 yards. Forte also provided solid edge support blocking against defensive end Jared Allen as well as blitz pickup.