NFL: Chicago 40, Minnesota 14

Dec. 21, 2010 at 12:14 AM

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Jay Cutler fired three touchdown passes and the Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North title Monday with a resounding 40-14 victory over Minnesota.

Devin Hester caught one of Cutler's scoring strikes and set an NFL record with his 14th career touchdown return, running back a punt 64 yards for a score as Chicago won in a game played in the snow at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.

Cutler (14-of-24, 194 yards) found Hester on a 15-yard TD toss to put the Bears up 17-7 at the half, and the Chicago speedster made it 27-7 in the third on his record-setting punt return.

Johnny Knox made two grabs for 78 yards, including a 67-yard scoring play, and Matt Forte gained 92 yards on 19 carries for Chicago (10-4).

Brett Favre made a surprise start after originally being ruled out of the game with a shoulder injury.

He went 5-of-7 for 63 yards, a TD and an interception before being taken out of the game with what was called a head injury after being sacked in the second quarter.

Rookie Joe Webb entered and went 15-of-26 passing for 129 yards, two interceptions and a rushing touchdown for the Vikings (5-9).

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