Bears still standing
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Of course the defense made the plays that mattered most for Chicago. These are, after all, the Bears.
Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score and Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yard for another TD in Chicago's victory over punchless Arizona.
It was the third pick Tillman has brought back for a touchdown this season and the eighth overall by Chicago, one shy of the NFL record. Julius Peppers had three of the Bears' four sacks.
"Defensively we asked them to take over and play the way they have been capable of doing," Chicago coach Lovie Smith said.
To be a wild card, the Bears must win at Detroit in their regular-season finale next Sunday, then have Minnesota lose to Green Bay at home.