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Bears hold off Lions 13-7

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  • Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) celebrates with Israel Idonije (71) and Nick Roach (53) after he recovered fumble against the Detroit Lions near the goal line in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

      Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) celebrates with Israel Idonije (71) and Nick Roach (53) after he recovered fumble against the Detroit Lions near the goal line in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.
    Associated press

  • Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is tackled by Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

      Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is tackled by Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.
    Associated press

 
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Jay Cutler shook off an apparent rib injury, Brian Urlacher made a key fumble recovery and the Bears won their fourth straight, beating the Detroit Lions 13-7 at Soldier Field on Monday night.

It was certainly not an easy night for the NFC North leaders, particularly their quarterback, but they came away with the win after a week off and possibly buried Detroit (2-4) in the process despite getting a major scare along the way.

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That happened in the second quarter when Cutler was sacked by Ndamukong Suh and ultimately wound up going to the locker room to have his ribs examined.

Cutler started the second half and was 16 of 31 for 150 yards and a touchdown in the game, but with the defense locking down the Lions, the Bears (5-1) prevailed. It was a huge blow for last-place Detroit, a team many expected to contend for the division championship after making the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

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