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Harvin carried twice for 45 yards and had six receptions for 101 yards, continuing to catch tough needle-eye passes from Favre that the 40-year-old isn't afraid to throw to the rookie in traffic. Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian each had six catches, too, and Minnesota's offensive machine rolled forward.
The Vikings were on the verge of scoring on the game's opening drive, but Peterson was gang-tackled at the 30, Hunter Hillenmeyer punched the ball out and Alex Brown recovered. Peterson has lost five fumbles this year, and in 41 career games he has fumbled 19 times and lost 12.
Peterson caught a break in the third quarter when Hillenmeyer forced the ball out again and recovered. The Vikings challenged, and officials ruled Hillenmeyer was out of bounds when he recovered, keeping the ball with Minnesota.
Matt Forte had only eight attempts for 27 yards rushing for the Bears.
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