The Dallas Cowboys recovered after their Thanksgiving day loss to the Philadelphia Eagles tonight by dominating the Chicago Bears.
The Cowboys have Quarterback Tony Romo and Runningback DeMarco Murray to thank for the win as both man were instrumental in becoming another team to score over 40 points against the Bears this season.
New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers are the other two teams to have scored over 40 points against the Struggling bears this season.
Romo had a Quarterback rating of 138.0 as he was in terrific form to lead the Cowboys back to winning ways following their loss to divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
Romo completed 21 of his 25 pass attempts for 205 yards and three touchdowns without miraculously hitting star Wide Receiver Dez Bryant for a scoring play.
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Cole Beasley had two touchdown catches and Gavin Escobar was able to get the other scoring catch as the Cowboys ran riot.
Murray had a great night getting 32 carries and going for 179 yards and getting the opening touchdown of the game.
Dallas stop the run
Dallas' win in Chicago was big for several reasons that outweigh just winning one game.
It moves them above the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions in the NFC play-off seeding bracket - until Sunday at least.
If the play-offs were to start tomorrow, the Cowboys would a very favourable trip to the Atlanta falcons in the wildcard round.
However their win tonight made history as it was their ninth of the year meaning this will stop a three year streak of the Cowboys going 8-8 on the season.
Cutler throws it away
Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler had an impressive night despite the loss as he threw two touchdown passes and 341 yards.
However as Chicago were looking for an unlikely comeback late in the game, he threw the crucial interception in the Dallas endzone that gave the ball and the win to the Cowboys.
It will not be the first time Cutler will come under criticism following a heavy defeat this season but the Bears left themselves with too much to do too late.
In the end it all seemed to be against the Bears on the night as they even suffered a very rare blocked PAT following their second touchdown.
Cowboys ride on
The Cowboys will now have all eyes on the Seahawks and Eagles game on Sunday were either way, one team will be matching Dallas on 9-4.
They now have over a week until they must visit the Eagles themselves and attempt to avenge that Thanksgiving day loss and attempt to take control of the NFC East.
For the 5-8 Bears however, their next game will be once again at home to the New Orleans Saints who are fighting for supremacy in the struggling NFC South.
Worse news for the Bears however is that a win for the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will see them mathematically eliminated from the play-offs.