Jared Allen gave the Minnesota Vikings a show and the Chicago Bears a workout in this otherwise-meaningless season finale.
In the end, the Bears had a feel-good-yet-painful victory to stop their five-game losing streak. Allen and the Vikings were left with another near-miss.
Charles Tillman's interception return in the second quarter gave the Bears the lead for good on Sunday, and they held on to beat the Vikings 17-13 despite Allen getting 3 1/2 of Minnesota's seven sacks and a late injury to Brian Urlacher, the soul of Chicago's defense.
''This was one of the most fun games I've played in,'' Allen said.
Allen finished the season with 22 sacks, just behind Michael Strahan's mark of 22 1/2 for the New York Giants in 2001.
The Vikings held the Bears to a season-low 209 total yards and forced three turnovers but still managed to lose, a fitting finish to this forgettable season.
Joe Webb relieved Christian Ponder at quarterback for the Vikings...