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Five big plays enliven Vikings' victory

CHICAGO -- How's that for explosive? Coach Brad Childress was looking for some big plays from his offense in Sunday, and that's just what he got, as the Vikings rode five huge ones to an equally large 34-31 victory over the Chicago Bears. The pla...

CHICAGO -- How's that for explosive?

Coach Brad Childress was looking for some big plays from his offense in Sunday, and that's just what he got, as the Vikings rode five huge ones to an equally large 34-31 victory over the Chicago Bears.

The plays didn't all belong to rookie running back Adrian Peterson, even if it seemed that way.

Here are the Fab Five, in chronological order:

1. William's 60-yard TD catch

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Trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, and on a first and 10 at his 40, Tarvaris Jackson faked a handoff to running back Chester Taylor and went deep to Williamson, who blew past overmatched Bears safety Adam Archuleta along the left sideline.

"One, it was a great read by Tarvaris," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "We had great protection first of all. I saw a replay, and (fullback) Tony Richardson actually put (Bears linebacker Lance) Briggs on his back."

Added Williamson: "It was a cover 2, and Archuleta bit on the run. When he came up, the play was ideal to go right by him. If the safety stays deep, Tarvaris has got another route underneath. If the safety comes up, he's looking deep. That's pretty much how it worked out."

2. Peterson's 67-yard TD run

With the Vikings trailing 14-7 late in the first half, Peterson started left and cut back right, slipping a tackle by Bears safety Brandon McGowan and outrunning cornerback Charles Tillman for the tying score.

"It's a bit blurry, but the guys created a hole for me," Peterson said. "I pressed the line of scrimmage and cut back, and there was a big gap. From there on, it was off to the races."

Added Bevell: "It's an outside run left, and the guys did a great job of blocking on the outside. We had two tight ends over there, and then once you get down the field, the rest of it is up to him. ... The goal is always to get 4 yards. If you get 4 yards, you're staying in normal situations. We tell (the backs) to get what we need and then get what you need. You saw he did that today."

3. Peterson's 73-yard TD run

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With 2:44 to play in the third quarter and the score still tied at 14, Peterson started left, cut inside blitzing cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. and ran untouched for the touchdown that gave the Vikings their first lead.

"The one that I went wild was that second one," Bevell said. "On that one, big (left tackle Bryant) McKinnie had a great block. He was able to seal it. He pushed the end all the way down past the center, which really helped out."

Said McKinnie: "(The end) tried to crash inside, so I wiped him down. (Blocking for a back like Peterson), it's very exciting. That's why we try to stay on the guy we're supposed to block because you never know when he can bounce one."

4. Peterson's 35-yard TD run

With 4:20 to play and the Vikings still nursing their 24-17 lead, Peterson, above, broke a second-and-13 play around left end and astonishingly took it all the way to the end zone. He avoided safety Danieal Manning's attempt to push him out of bounds at the 5.

"I got some great blocks," Peterson said. "I had the last guy to beat, gave him a little stutter step to kind of slow him down a little bit and then beat him to the pylon."

5. Peterson's 53-yard return

Last but not least, there was this: one more big play when the Vikings needed it most after the Bears had pulled into a 31-31 tie with 1:38 to play on Brian Griese's 81-yard touchdown pass to Devin Hester.

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Peterson fielded Robbie Gould's kickoff at his 9 and took it to the Chicago 38, positioning the Vikings for Ryan Longwell's game-winning 55-yard field goal four plays later.

"I was praying they were going to kick it to me," Peterson said. "The guys did a great job of creating a gap for me, and I took advantage of it and almost took it to the house."

-- Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune

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