I’ve never heard of a winning bet prompting a gambler to retire, but for those of us who won with Minnesota Sunday in the Vikings-Bears matchup, this may be the game — even after a win — that forces some of us to consider a new endeavor.
For those who had the Bears, all I can say is, I’ve been there. Chicago led, 20-10, in Minnesota halfway through the fourth quarter, and Minnesota — a 1-point favorite — appeared doomed. But a frantic Vikings comeback tied the score and forced overtime.
In overtime, Minnesota drove just outside the Chicago 20, and Vikings kicker Blair Walsh hit what appeared to be the winning field goal. But a personal foul pushed Minnesota into a 57-yard attempt, which was missed. Chicago then had a chance at its own winning field goal, but also missed. A few minutes later, after some nice Adrian Peterson runs, Minnesota had yet another chance — and Walsh converted a 34-yard field goal. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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