Bears can't stop slide in 21-14 loss to Vikings

Updated: December 9, 2012, 6:44 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jay Cutler's neck stiffened up, and the Chicago Bears couldn't escape their early stumble at Minnesota.

The playoff race is tightening around them, too.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns and Harrison Smith returned an interception for a score to lead the Vikings to a 21-14 victory on Sunday over the free-falling Bears, who have lost four of their last five games.

"We have to make sure we close this hole up before it gets too ...

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