Chicago Bears beat host Dallas Cowboys 34-18 | NFL
Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, two of the five defensive starters for Chicago in their 30s, returned interceptions for touchdowns and the Bears beat the host Dallas Cowboys 34-18.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Those 30-something defenders for the Chicago Bears showed Tony Romo how much they can still play.
Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, two of the five defensive starters for Chicago in their 30s, returned interceptions for touchdowns and the Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-18 Monday night.
Though Romo was sacked only once, he was pressured relentlessly and five of his passes were intercepted. That matched his career high, set five years ago in his first full season as a starter.
"A lot of our older guys are playing really well right now because we understand everything so much more," Briggs said.
Quarterback Jay Cutler was 18 of 24 for 275 yards and two touchdowns for Chicago (3-1); he wasn't intercepted.
Romo was 31 of 43 for 307 yards.
Jason Witten caught 13 passes for 112 yards for Dallas (2-2).
Tillman had a 25-yard interception return in the second quarter and Briggs had a 74-yard return for his score in the third.
• Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte returned for the Bears after missing the last game with a sprained ankle and being limited in practice. He had 13 carries for 52 yards.
• Dallas is 122-122 in regular-season games since the start of the 1997 season.