On a night of cold weather porn, it’s also been a showcase for long plodding drives seldom impeded by defense. There were only two punts in the half. Meanwhile, it’s so freezing that the Gatorade turned to ice and had to be stuck in front of the heaters to thaw for consumption.
— Peggy Kusinski (@peggykusinski) December 10, 2013
DeMarco Murray took a 19-yard run on the opening play and the Dallas running game saw little resistance on the way to the end zone, though Dallas first score was a Dez Bryant back shoulder catch from the 2. Nevertheless, the Bears entered the game on the verge of setting an NFL record by allowing a 100-yard rusher in five consecutive games. Murray had 52 rushing yards on that first drive.
The Bears countered with a 12-play touchdown drive of their own that took up half a quarter and ended with an Earl Bennett touchdown reception. At that point, Dallas’ pass defense looked as anemic as the Bears run defense. Josh McCown went 5/6 on that first TD drive for 51 yards.
Another 14-yard Murray run started the next Cowboys drive, though the Bears forced the only punt of the first 29 minutes of the half with a sack of Romo on third down on the opening play of the second quarter. The next Chicago drive saw two big scrambles by Josh McCown. On the first run, he gained 10 yards in part of a vicious block from Brandon Marshall on Sean Lee to free him.
McCown closed out the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run with a Elway helicopter into the end zone.
A fourth long touchdown drive of the half followed, this one by the Cowboys. Jason Witten was on the receiving end of a 10-yard score while Murray pushed his rushing total for the night to 99 yards with five and a half minutes remaining in the half. Chicago was the first to settle for a field goal in the red zone, largely because of a holding penalty on Roberto Garza.
Dallas had an opportunity to add points with two minutes left but they were forced to punt for the second time. The Bears took over looking just to squeak together another long field goal attempt but then Alshon Jeffery made an another insane catch for a touchdown to put Chicago up 24-14 at the half.