Week 17 Postgame: Bears 24, Vikings 10 (Press Conferences, Locker Room Celebration)
You couldn’t ask for a better situation before your second-year quarterback heads into his first postseason. Playing a divisional rival with the playoffs on the line in a hostile environment.
This entire game was great in terms of gaining experience heading into the postseason. And Mitch Trubisky showed you exactly what you wanted to see.
“It will just prepare us for this run we’re about to go on,” Trubisky said, “playing in a tough environment like that and having young guys step up and make plays.”
Keep in mind that Trubisky was leading a vanilla offense with the knowledge that the Bears might face this team in the playoffs the following week and didn’t want to show them anything. Keep in mind that Trubisky was going up against one of the best defenses at home. Keep in mind that Trubisky was going up against a Vikings defense that was stifling on third down.
And third down just happened to be where Trubisky flashed some of his best stuff. The Bears converted 8 of 14 third downs, including a 41-yard completion to Taylor Gabriel down to the Vikings’ 1 in the second quarter that led to a Jordan Howard touchdown.
“When you get into third down, that’s the money down,” Trubisky said. “You’ve got to convert, especially against a defense that’s really good on third down. For me, it was just finding completions, moving the sticks. But it always starts up front, them giving me time, seeing the defense and making the throws that we do in practice all week.”
Check out Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy’s press conferences below, as well as the postgame locker celebration!