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December 10, 2013

McCown has career game as Bears drub Dallas, 45-28


 As a young boy growing up in Jacksonville Josh McCown followed the Dallas Cowboys, just as many East Texas youth have done for decades.

On Monday night the Dallas Cowboys had the opportunity to check out McCown, who was making his fifth-consecutive start as quarterback of the Chicago Bears.

And what the Cowboys saw from the 34-year-old McCown could have very easily had a nauseating effect on them.

McCown, who was tabbed to spell the injured Jay Cutler under center, tore apart the Dallas defense by throwing a career-high four touchdown passes, and for good measure he also ran for another as Chicago decimated Dallas, 45-28, at a frigid (wind chill factor was well below zero) Soldier Field in Chicago — the game was also broadcast nationally be ESPN.

The Bears scored on their first eight possession to improve to 7-6 in the NFC North, where they are currently tied with Detroit.

The stinging defeat left Dallas at 7-6 also. The Cowboys trial Philadelphia by a game in the NFC East race.

McCown passed for 348 yards (27-36-0) and ended the night with a quarterback rating of 141.9. By contrast, Dallas' Tony Romo, who threw three touchdown passes, ended up with a quarterback rating of 109.2 after going 11-20-0 for 104 yards.

With 10 ticks left in the first half McCown delivered a perfectly thrown ball that was caught in double coverage in the back corner of the end zone by Alshon Jeffery, one of McCown's favorite targets, for a 25-yard touchdown that enabled the Bears to go to the dressing room with a 24-14 lead over the Cowboys.

“I (was) just trying to give him (Jeffery) a chance to go up and make the play but not really put the ball in jeopardy, so to speak,”McCown said in a post-game interview with the Associated Press. “My part was relative easy to the catch.”

Matt Forte, Earl Bennett and Michael Bush were also on the receiving end of McCown scoring strikes.

Forte was another Bear workhorse, finishing with 102 yards rushing and 73 receiving.

Chicago pick up a total of 497 total yards to Dallas' 342.

The Bears visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, while Dallas returns home to play host to the Green Bay Packers.



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