The Chicago Bears defense was simply too much for the Arizona Cardinals to handle.
No surprise there.
Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score and Zack Bowman returned a Beanie Wells fumble one yard for another score to lead the Chicago Bears to a 28-13 triumph over the Red Birds Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
The Bears improved to 9-6 with the victory and kept their playoff hopes alive in the NFC.
After snapping a nine-game losing streak last week, the Cardinals dropped to 5-10 in their final home game of the season.
Matt Forte paced Chicago's rushing attack with 88 yards on 12 carries, including a four-yard touchdown scamper, before leaving early in the second half with an ankle injury.
It was the third time Tillman brought back an interception for a touchdown this season and the eighth overall by the Bears, one shy of the NFL record.
The Cardinals were held to just 29 rushing yards and committed three turnovers. Ryan Lindley was pulled for Brian Hoyer after completing 17 of 30 passes for 141 yards and an interception. Hoyer did not fare better in relief, completing 11 of 19 pass attempts for 105 yards and an interception. Both quarterbacks were sacked twice.
Larry Fitzgerald had his best outing in a long time for Arizona, leading all receivers with 111 yards on eight receptions.
''It's been a long season, man,'' Fitzgerald told the Associated Press. ''Whenever I can make a play and make an impact, I try to do it. Today some things opened up. We were able to make some plays. But it didn't equate to a win, so it's all for nothing.''
Rookie Michael Floyd chipped in with six receptions for 47 yards for Arizona.
Chicago (9-6) 7 14 7 0 – 28
Arizona (5-10) 3 3 0 7 - 13
C – Bowman 1 fumble return (Mare kick)
A – Feely 49 field goal
C – Forte 4 run (Mare kick)
A – Feely 35 field goal
C – Marshall 11 pass from Cutler (Mare kick)
C – Tillman 10 interception return (Mare kick)
A – Bethel 82 blocked field goal attempt return (Feely kick)
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