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McCown leads Bears past Cowboys 45-28 with career-record four touchdown passes

CHICAGO -- Josh McCown threw a career-high four touchdown passes and the Chicago Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North division lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night.

The Bears (7-6) pulled even with the Detroit Lions in the division race on a night when the game-time temperature was just 8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 13 Celsius) and the wind chill factor was minus 9 Fahrenheit (minus 23 Celsius).

The conditions, however, didn't stop McCown from throwing for 348 yards or keep the Bears from running away with a lopsided victory after consecutive losses.

Alshon Jeffery's leaping catch between two defenders in the corner of the end zone in the closing seconds of the second quarter gave the Bears a 24-14 lead, and they continued to dominate in the second half after a gut-wrenching overtime loss at Minnesota last week.

McCown, making his fourth straight start with Jay Cutler sidelined by a high left ankle sprain, completed 27 of 36 passes.

Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 100 yards, and Jeffery added 84 yards receiving after breaking his own team record the previous week with 249.

Matt Forte chipped in with 102 yards rushing and 73 receiving as the Bears racked up 490 yards in all.

Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns but completed just 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards. DeMarco Murray ran for 146 yards, but the Cowboys were overmatched after winning two straight.

Dallas (7-6) fell a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East division.

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Wide receiver Earl Bennett #80 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a first-quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during a game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, Dec. 9. (AFP)

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