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The night belongs to Ditka and the Bears
CHICAGO (AP) - It was Mike Ditka Night at Soldier Field, and the Chicago Bears put forth an effort that must have made Iron Mike very proud.
Josh McCown was 27 of 36 for 348 yards, a career-high four touchdowns and no interceptions as the Bears outscored Dallas 45-28. McCown's final scoring pass of the night put the Bears ahead 42-14 just moments into the fourth quarter. McCown helped Chicago score on its first eight possessions on a night when the wind-chill factor was below zero. He also ran for a seven-yard TD.
Matt Forte added 102 rushing yards as the Bears improved to 7-6 to move into a tie with Detroit for first place in the NFC North.
DeMarco Murray led the Dallas ground game with 146 yards on 18 carries, but the Bears had little trouble stopping the Cowboys' air attack when the game remained close. Tony Romo threw for three TDs but was just 11 of 20 for 104 yards as Dallas dropped to 7-6, one game behind the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles.
Ditka's jersey No. 89 was retired at halftime of the game, the 14th Bear to be so honored. Ditka was a member of the Bears' last two championship teams, serving as tight end for the 1963 title squad and as head coach of the Super Bowl 20 winners.