CHICAGO - Neither the brutal cold nor one of the league's worst defenses could stop Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears.
McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last night.
The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in the division race on a night when the wind-chill factor was below zero. Dallas (7-6) fell a game behind the Eagles in the NFC East.
The conditions 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 in the corner of the end zone near the end of the first half gave the Bears a 24-14 lead, and they continued to pour it on.
Dallas' Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns but completed just 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards.