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The first one Sunday came on a strange sequence in the opening quarter, when Chris Kluwe dropped a snap and had his punt blocked. He then attempted an illegal kick, and Garrett Wolfe returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Later, Charles Gordon mishandled a punt by Brad Maynard when he tried to block Bowman. Instead, the ball hit him and Bowman recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown that gave Chicago a 24-17 lead.
Ahead by three, the Bears increased it to 10 on the opening drive of the third quarter, thanks to another lucky bounce.
With the ball on the Minnesota 36, Desmond Clark caught a short pass and then fumbled at the 1 when he got sandwiched by Tyrell Johnson and Cedric Griffin. Rashied Davis recovered in the end zone to make it 34-24.
The Vikings were driving for the lead after Orton fumbled but couldn't convert a fourth-and-1 from the Chicago 36 when Frerotte couldn't connect on a short pass intended for Berrian with just over 4 minutes left in the third.
Booker then caught a 51-yard touchdown pass that made it 41-31 with 2:35 left in the third. Kevin Payne's 50-yard interception return to the Vikings 6 led to a 1-yard TD run by Forte that made it 48-31 to start the fourth.
Notes: Harris' sack was the Pro Bowl defensive tackle's first. ... Vasher missed his third straight game with an injured right wrist, while Tillman (left shoulder) and Manning were injured against Atlanta.
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