Devin Hester scores his NFL-record 14th career return touchdown Monday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Tribune)
~I remember Hester’s first season. Damn, he was exciting & watching him tonight shows he still got it! Go Brian!!! (watching now with 4:23 left~JP
MINNEAPOLIS — The Bears and Vikings took a break from complaining about the weather and field conditions to actually play the game Monday night at frigid TCF Bank Stadium.
With a NFC North championship within their immediate grasp, the Bears (9-4) tried to rise to the challenge of having 41-year-old quarterback Brett Favre declared active and then made the starter hours before game time. On Saturday, Favre had been declared “out” by the Vikings before improving dramatically in the next 24-48 hours.
The Bears boosted their lead to 40-14 on Robbie Gould’s 20-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, with 7:04 left in the fourth quarter.
Devin Hester’s NFL record-setting 14th career return touchdown, a 64-yard dash off a Vikings’ punt, had increased the Bears’ lead to 27-7 in the third quarter. Hester had shared the record with Brian Mitchell.