(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer In the biggest game of the season, the faces of the future for the Minnesota Vikings' defense were never more present.
Safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Josh Robinson, two rookies who are supposed to be learning the ropes and suffering through growing pains, made two of the most important plays of the game to help their team beat the Chicago Bears and stay in the playoff hunt.
They're growing up faster than anyone expected and are being counted on to keep producing even as they grind through the longest football season of their lives.
''We're pleased that both guys are not hurting you. And most rookies, when they do play, they hurt you,'' defensive coordinator Alan Williams said Thursday. ''Ours are not. They're actually helping us and contributing to us winning football games.''
Robinson intercepted a pass by Jay Cutler and returned it 44 yards to set up Adrian Peterson's second touchdown run of the first quarter, an...