Bears take over in 2nd half to defeat Buccaneers

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Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins flips over Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller during the first quarter. (Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Bears defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, 21-13, at Soldier Field.

Quarterback Jay Cutler was 17/27 for 130 yards passing with one touchdown throw, while running back Matt Forte had 23 carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

But it was the defense that took over in the second half, as the Bears overcame a 10-0 halftime deficit.

The Bears improve to 5-6 and are inching their way up the NFC North standings.

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, now sit at 2-9, last in the NFC South. Tampa Bay’s head coach, Lovie Smith, spent nine seasons in Chicago, with a record of 81-63. He was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs following the 2012 season.

The Bears were also facing one of their former quarterbacks, Josh McCown, who is the starter for Tampa Bay. McCown started five games last season for the Bears while Jay Cutler was injured. McCown was 25/48 for 341 yards passing, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

 

 

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