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Halftime report from Dallas

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Bears parlayed cornerback D.J. Moore's second interception of the game into a 40-yard field goal by Robbie Gould as the Bears took a 20-14 lead over the Dallas Cowboys at halftime Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

The Cowboys took a 14-10 lead with 8:16 left in the half on Tony Romo's 1-yard touchdown pass to wide-open fullback Chris Gronkowski on a play-action pass.

The Bears got themselves out of a hole early on the ensuing possession and responded with a touchdown. On third-and-15 at their 21, Cutler threw a 59-yard pass to Johnny Knox over the middle to the Cowboys 20-yard line. After a nine-yard pass to Chester Taylor and Matt Forte's two-yard run, Cutler threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Devin Hester, who made a nice catch in the back corner of the end zone. The play was reviewed, as it appeared Hester might not have been in bounds to complete the catch, but the call was upheld and the Bears led 17-14.

The Cowboys were driving on their next possession, but the Bears' defense came up big. After two incompletions where Cowboys receivers heard the footsteps of Bears linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, Romo's third-down pass was intercepted at the Bears 33 by Moore, who retured 20 yards to the Cowboys 47.

On fourth-and-one from the Cowboys 23, Cutler got the first down with a quarterback sneak. But three consecutive incomplete passes -- the final one well out of the end zone -- forced the Bears to settle for Gould's 40-yard field goal and the 20-14 lead.

The Bears have outgained the Cowboys 175-149 in the half and shut down the Cowboys running game, holding Dallas to 32 yards on 13 carries in the first half. The Cowboys scored a special teams touchdown on Dez Bryant's 62-yard punt return that gave Dallas a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.

Cutler was 2-of-4 for five yards early in the game, but warmed up quickly. He is 12-of-18 for 163 yards and two touchdowns, a 132.4 passer rating.

Romo is 13-of-20 for 117 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, a 57.7 rating.

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I took all that I could take from you fair-weather Bears fans, and I am glad Da Bears finally had enough too. I stay a believer until proven otherwise at the end of the season. DA BEARS BABY!! All you other fans get on board or go cheer for the Vikequeens or Cheeseheads. I am sick of you!! Da Bears!! Let's keep getting better boys!!

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This page contains a single entry by Neil Hayes published on September 19, 2010 1:54 PM.

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