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Eagles Move Into First In NFC East

Posted Dec 9, 2013

On a frigid Monday night at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Dallas Cowboys were blown out by the Bears, 45-28, dropping the Cowboys' record to 7-6 and pushing the Eagles into sole possession of first place in the NFC East with an 8-5 record.

Chicago shredded Dallas' 32nd-ranked defense for 490 total yards, and quarterback Josh McCown threw four touchdown passes, completing 27 of 36 passes. Chicago scored points every time it had the ball until the last possession. The Bears scored five touchdowns and three field goals in their first eight offensive possessions.

The game was tied 14-14 in the second quarter before Chicago went on a 28-0 tear to take complete control of the game. Chicago moved the football at will on a night when the temperatures and the wind-chill factor made Soldier Field an unpleasant place to be.

That was the case for Dallas, anyway. Both teams moved the ball well early, but the Bears scored 10 points on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter to lead 24-14 at the half. Chicago moved 60 yards in 37 seconds, scoring on a 25-yard pass from McCown to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

The Bears then opened the third quarter with a 58-yard drive that resulted in a Robbie Gould field goal, and then stretched the lead with a McCown 4-yard touchown pass to Matt Forte that capped a 90-yard touchdown drive.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns. Dallas has an injury concern, as linebacker Sean Lee left the game in the second half with an apparent stinger.

What's next for Dallas? The Cowboys are home on Sunday as they host the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a doctor's visit on Wednesday to seek medical clearance for his broken clavicle.

After Green Bay, Dallas travels to FedEx Field to play the Washington Redskins before wrapping up the regular season on December 29 against the visiting Eagles.

The Eagles, of course, play at Minnesota on Sunday before a game at Lincoln Financial Field against Chicago leading into the regular-season finale at Dallas.

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