On a night when several Purple People Eaters were honored, the Bears defensive line was the one that put on a show in the snow.
Henry Melton tipped a pass that Julius Peppers intercepted. Israel Idonije and Matt Toeaina had sacks, and even rookie defensive end Corey Wootton stepped up and knocked out Brett Favre with a sack early in the second quarter, shortly before the Minnesota Vikings honored their 50 greatest players on their 50th anniversary at halftime at TCF Bank Stadium.
"It's good. It's good that everybody can pitch in, and help the team win and do their part," Peppers said of the defensive line's play. "We're going to need different guys to step up at different times. It's good that it happened tonight, in a big game for us."
Wootton, a fourth-round pick out of Northwestern, hadn't seen much playing time this season. But he showcased his athleticism on the sack of Favre, getting past Pro Bowl left tackle Bryant McKinnie and wrapping up and slamming the quarterback down.
"He did a great job," Peppers said of Wootton. "We got some good depth and when guys get opportunities, guys make plays. It was huge for him. We're going to need him, down the road."
Peppers downplayed the fact that Favre was upgraded from out to questionable and started the game.
"We didn't care about it. Obviously, it was a surprise. But it doesn't matter who the quarterback is," he said. "We had to play sound football. We just started slow."
Regarding the field conditions, Peppers said, "It was a little slippery.
"It was hard, but it wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be, prior to the game.
Couple of frozen spots. It was pretty good, for the most part."