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McCown shines, Bears crush Cowboys

By AAP .
10 December 2013 08:13PM EST

JOSH McCown threw for 349 yards and Matt Forte gained 175 yards and a touchdown to lead the Chicago Bears to a 45-28 NFL win over Dallas on Monday.

McCown, making his fourth consecutive start in place of Jay Cutler, threw four touchdown passes and ran for another in frigid conditions at Soldier Field in Chicago.

McCown was 27-for-36 for 348 yards, while Forte carried the ball 20 times for 102 yards and added seven catches for 73 yards and a score.

The Bears improved to 7-6 and snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Bears moved into a tie with Detroit for first place in the NFC North. But Detroit hold the tiebreaker as they beat Chicago in a pair of games this season.

Tony Romo threw 11-for-20 for 104 yards and had three touchdown passes for the Cowboys.

Dallas, who had won their previous two contests, dropped to 7-6 for the season.

The Cowboys fell into second place in the NFC East and one game behind the Eagles, who defeated the Lions on Sunday.

Cutler is out with a sprained ankle and the Bears also played without star linebacker Lance Briggs.

Chicago's win levels the all-time series between the clubs at 11-11. The Bears have won the past three, including a 34-18 victory in October last year.

The teams haven't met in Chicago since September 2007 when the Cowboys won 34-10.

Chicago retired hall of famer Mike Ditka's number at halftime in a chilly ceremony during which temperatures dipped to around -18 degrees (Celsius) with the wind chill.

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