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That allowed Cutler to complete 21 of 31 passes while being sacked just once.
The defense did its job, too.
A surprise starter after sitting out practice this week with a sprained left knee, Peppers got his two sacks and stayed in until the closing minutes even though the knee was bothering him.
"Did I want to stay in? I mean, I don't know," Peppers said. "I wanted to play, if that's what you're asking. I wanted to play, but the smart thing to do is get everybody out of the game and not risk an injury in a blowout."
Donovan McNabb threw for 177 yards and completed 19 of 24 passes. He was sacked five times before being lifted for a debuting Christian Ponder, but it was a brutal night for Peterson aside from that scoring run.
He simply couldn't get anything going against a defense that had been giving up plays at an alarming rate, and it didn't help that the Vikings lost center John Sullivan (concussion) and right tackle Phil Loadholt (bruised knee) to injuries in the third quarter.
Even so, the Bears dominated from the start. Now, after dropping three of four, they can breathe a little easier.
They still trail unbeaten Green Bay by three games and Detroit by two with losses to both teams, but they have to feel a little better about themselves as they get ready to play Tampa Bay in London.
"That was awesome," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We ran the ball, protected our quarterback, we made plays in the kicking game as usual, good team win."
NOTES: Ponder was 9 of 17 for 99 yards. ... Frazier said he didn't think Loadholt was seriously injured, but had no more information on Sullivan and S Jamarca Sanford (concussion). ... Peppers has 20 multi-sack games.
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