Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears 12/9/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Chicago Bears 45, Dallas Cowboys 28
December 9, 2013
Capping off the Week 14 action on “Monday Night Football” was a marquee game featuring two perennial NFC powerhouses. The Dallas Cowboys came into Soldier Field needing a win to stay atop their division, and the Chicago Bears likewise were within striking distance of the Lions in the North. As expected, this was a highly entertaining game with plenty of twists and turns throughout. That said, it was ultimately a very one-sided affair.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and statistics from the matchup and see why things turned out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look forward to Week 15 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Bears retired Hall-of-Famer Mike Ditka’s number during a ceremony at halftime, and they certainly gave the Chicago legend something to remember.
Things started out okay for the Cowboys: they scored early in the first quarter on a 2-yard Tony Romo pass to Dez Bryant. The Bears would respond with a pass TD of their own from Josh McCown to Earl Bennett to make it 7-7 after one quarter.
McCown got back to work in the second, running in a 7-yard touchdown, but Dallas was able to even things up with a 10-yard TD pass to Jason Witten. A field goal and another touchdown to the electric Alshon Jeffery would put the Bears up by 10, 24-14 at halftime.
The Bears kept their collective foot on the gas pedal after the break, rattling off the next 17 unanswered points with TD passes to Matt Forte and Michael Bush. The Cowboys finally got back on the scoreboard in the fourth with a 9-yard TD pass to Cole Beasley. After another Chicago field goal, Dallas would score a cosmetic touchdown (a 1-yard run from Joseph Randle) for a 45-28 final score that gave the Bears a much-needed win.
With the victory, Chicago moves to 7-6, while Dallas falls to 7-6 themselves. This also muddies up the NFC playoff race; the Cowboys fall to second in the East, while the Bears move to a tie for first with the Lions in the North (Detroit owns the tiebreaker).
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The Stars: Prepare yourself for endless discussions this week on who should be the Bears’ starting quarterback. McCown was downright incredible against Dallas, posting 348 pass yards, four pass touchdowns and one rush TD. He hit seven different receivers with his 27 completions, including Brandon Marshall (six receptions; 100 yards), Alshon Jeffery (five receptions; 84 yards; TD) and Matt Forte (seven receptions; 73 yards; TD). Speaking of Forte, he also managed 102 yards on 20 carries.
For the Cowboys, DeMarco Murray had another strong game on the ground, with 18 carries for 146 yards. He was held out of the end zone, however.
The Goats: Dallas’ defense has been their Achilles heel all season. They were in fine form here, giving up 33 first downs and a total of 497 yards. One sack and zero turnovers just isn’t gonna do it.
The Bears' run D didn't do much better. They gave up a total of 198 yards on the ground to Murray and Randle.
Also, you can't really blame Tony Romo here (his O-line play wasn't great), but the 104 passing yards is pretty conspicuous.
Injuries: The Cowboys suffered a few casualties here: LB Bruce Carter, WR Dwayne Harris and LB Sean Lee all left the game.
The Bears came out okay, but were without Lance Briggs and Jay Cutler (who will be the starter when he returns, no matter how much that may irritate some fans).
Outlook: Let’s look ahead to Week 15. The Bears will be hitting the road, heading to Cleveland for a Sunday afternoon game against the Browns (December 15, 1:00 PM ET on FOX). As for the Cowboys, they’ll go back home to host the Packers in a very important game (December 15, 4:25 PM ET on FOX).
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