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Bears 34, Cowboys 18

Devin Hester of the Bears catches a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Chicago also got Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte back; he returned after missing a game with a sprained right ankle.

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Devin Hester of the Bears catches a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Chicago also got Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte back; he returned after missing a game with a sprained right ankle.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Those 30-something defenders for the Chicago Bears showed Tony Romo how much they can still play.

Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, two of the five defensive starters for Chicago in their 30s, returned interceptions for touchdowns Monday night, and the Bears beat the Cowboys 34-18.

Though Romo was only sacked once, he was pressured relentlessly and threw five interceptions. That matched his career high, set five years ago in his first full season as a starter.

Briggs' interception came in a wild two-play exchange of turnovers midway through the third quarter.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was nearly flawless after halftime, when he completed 11 of 12 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. That included a 34-yard score to Devin Hester to start the half and a 31-yarder to Brandon Marshall with 6½ minutes left. Cutler was 18 of 24 overall for 275 yards.

Bears safety Major Wright had two of the five interceptions. D.J. Moore picked off Romo for the third time in his career — he has nine interceptions total.

Chicago's first fumble of the season came when Cutler was sacked by DeMarcus Ware and fellow linebacker Victor Butler recovered at the Bears 27.

On the next play, Romo was trying to escape pressure when he was hit from behind by defensive tackle Henry Melton. The ball popped forward into the air and Briggs grabbed it and rumbled for his first interception return for a score since 2005 to put the Bears ahead 24-7.

Romo finished 31 of 43 for 307 yards and a touchdown.

Bears 34, Cowboys 18 10/02/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 1:16am]
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