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Around the water cooler

Four things we're talking about after the Minnesota Vikings' 36-30 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night:

Jekyll & Hyde team meet Jekyll & Hyde team

In the last two games, the NFC North champion Vikings have fallen flat against mysteriously inspired, sub-.500 teams.

First-half freeze-up

The Vikings' offense looks anemic and its defense appears porous as the Bears pull out to a 16-0 halftime lead.

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Second-half heat-up

Minnesota comes back with 30 second-half points to send the game into overtime, including two Adrian Peterson rushing touchdowns, a Visanthe Shiancoe TD catch and a Sidney Rice TD catch. Ryan Longwell contributed a field goal after earlier missing an extra point try.

A.P. puts it on the ground in OT

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson coughs up the ball again, this time in overtime. The Bears immediately strike back with a long touchdown pass to win it.

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