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NFL: Chicago 17, Minnesota 13

Jan. 1, 2012 at 5:04 PM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Charles Tillman returned an interception for a touchdown Sunday and Chicago bested Minnesota 17-13 in the season finales for both teams.

Tillman's 22-yard return in the second quarter proved to be game-winning score for the Bears (8-8), who snapped a five-game losing streak to end the season.

Josh McCown compiled 160 yards and passed for a touchdown, going 15-of-25 through the air for Chicago. He hit Roy Williams with four passes, good for 60 yards and a score.

The Vikings (3-13) were led by defensive end Jared Allen, who collected 3 1/2 sacks for a total of 22 on the season. That broke a club record set by Chris Doleman in 1989.

Allen finished only 1/2 sack short of the NFL record set by former New York Giant Michael Strahan in 2001.

The Vikings' Joe Webb picked up 200 passing yards on 15-of-29 efficiency with two interceptions after coming in to replace Christian Ponder.

Ponder was knocked out of the game on a second-quarter hit from defensive end Israel Idonije.

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