On the field, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford completed 25 of 33 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
Those 11 catches gave him 83 for the season, which is a new single-season Vikings' record for catches by a tight end.
The Chicago Bears thought they would be competitive in 2016, but the injury bug sent 19 players to the Injured Reserve during a season that ended as badly as could have been imagined. It was a good day for the Vikings defense as they finally look like themselves after a two-week hiatus.
This game should be interesting, as both teams would undoubtedly love to close their season on a high note with a win over a division rival.
Bradford wasn't even on the Vikings' squad in preseason - at the time, he was competing for a starting job with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 24-year-old Floyd finishes his first season with 7.0 sacks in 12 games.
Who will lead the offense? The Vikings tight end broke a tackle attempt by Harold Jones-Quartey on the play. He'll be a high-floor, low-ceiling TE1 heading into the 2017 season. That being said, they were not expected to be competitive, and there have been some bright spots on the young team in recent weeks. Whether Shurmur is in charge or someone else, the Vikings' offensive coordinator will have plenty of big decisions to make next season.
That means they will either go with Cutler again, try and draft next year's starter, or pull of a trade with another National Football League team.
9 pick in the 2016 draft did not clear the concussion protocol and has been officially ruled inactive for Sunday's finale against the Vikings.
Their opponent in week 17 is the Chicago Bears. Now that Peterson has missed most of the 2016 season, his leverage has been significantly diminished, and the only way he likely will be back next season is if he is willing to take a significant pay cut.
The Vikings drove inside Chicago territory, but when Bradford threw for Cordarrelle Patterson in the end zone, Cre'Von LeBlanc came away with the interception as the game moved to the fourth quarter. Regardless, Howard received his first start against Detroit, and he never looked back.