The Chicago Bears kept their slim playoff hopes alive as they improved to 5-6 with a 21-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chicago Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 21-13, to improve their record to 5-6. The Buccaneers held a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Bears scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter.
The Bears never lost their lead after their difference-making third quarter. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 130 yards with a touchdown pass on 17-of-27 passing.
Running back Matt Forte ran for 89 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns. Tight end Martellus Bennett led the Bears in receiving with four receptions for 37 yards.
For the Buccaneers, quarterback Josh McCown threw for 341 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions on 25-of-48 passing.
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson took over as the leading pass catcher with five catches for 117 yards, and Louis Murphy added six receptions for 113 yards.
Mike Evans was held to 47 yards and a touchdown on three catches, but he was able to score a touchdown.
The running game sputtered once again as the Buccaneers were held to 66 total rushing yards, and the return of Doug Martin made no difference.