Manitoba Bisons alum Israel Idonije had a big hand in the NFL playoff race on Monday night.
Idonije was all over the field in the 36-30 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings, who went from still being alive for the No. 1 seed in the NFC to being bumped down to No. 3. He blocked an extra point, which loomed large for the rest of the night and also made two other plays that led to Bears scores. Idonije had a sack-forced fumble in the first half which took a scoring opportunity away from the Vikings and led to a Bears field goal. On the kickoff following his blocked PAT, Idonije threw a key block on a 57-yard kickoff return, setting up Chicago with a short field for a touchdown drive.
It might have been the most depressing upset win of all time from a Chicago Bears supporter's perspective (where was that all season, Chicago?). The Vikings are still headed to the post-season (they're limping in the same way the Arizona Cardinals did last season, except with a better defence), but nevertheless, what a night for Idonije.