Bears Pick Off Romo Five Times to Down Cowboys
The Chicago Bears picked Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo five times and returned two for touchdowns en route to a 34-18 triumph at Cowboys Stadium.
The victory was the third in four games for the Bears, who join the Minnesota Vikings atop the NFC North. The Cowboys (2-2) dropped to a three-way tie for second with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants in NFC East.
Safety Major Wright picked Romo twice while linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Charles Tillman did the most damage when they returned interceptions for touchdowns in the second and third quarters. Cornerback D.J Moore accounted for the fifth interception.
Quarterback Jay Cutler completed 18 of 24 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns and had no interception. Cutler's 140.1 passer rating was the third highest of his career and exactly 80 points better than Romo, who finished 31-for-43 for 307 yards and one score.
After a scoreless first period, the Bears got three points on the board from a 43-yard field goal by Robbie Gould before Tillman made it 10-0 after picking Romo's pass to Dez Bryant and returning it for a 25-yard touchdown.
Romo atoned for his mistake by throwing a 10-yard passing score to wide receiver Miles Austin to put the Cowboys on the board, 10-7.
Quarterback Jay Cutler started the third quarter with a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Hester before Briggs returned an interception for a 74-yard touchdown to make it 24-7 for the Bears.
Dan Bailey buried a 39-yard field goal to close the third period but Gould hit a 21-yard field goal to restore a 17-point advantage. Cutler then made it a 24-point cushion when he connected with wide receiver Brandon Marshall for a 31-yard touchdown heave.
Former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton threw a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten and a two-point conversion pass to Bryant to make it 34-18 with 34 seconds left.
Marshall finished with 138 yards on seven catches while Matt Forte rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries for the Bears.
Witten caught 13 passes for 112 yards and one score while Bryant added 105 yards on eight catches, providing the only bright spots for the Cowboys.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings breaks down the big win in Dallas on Monday Night Football
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