Costly win in Chicago...Giants end their November slumpUNDATED (AP) - The Chicago Bears got Jay Cutler back after missing a game because of a concussion and he led the Bears to an easy 28-10 win over Minnesota at Soldier Field. Cutler threw for 188 yards and one TD. The Bears raced out to a 25-3 halftime lead and improved to 8-3. The Bears have beaten the Vikes six straight games.
But the victory could be costly. The Bears lost ace return man Devin Hester to a concussion. Also, running back Matt Forte and top cornerback Charles Tillman suffered ankle injuries. Both of Chicago's starting guards also were injured. Thanks to Green Bay's loss Sunday night, the Bears have a one-game lead over the Packers in the NFC North.
In other Week 12 action:
--The New York Giants snapped their two-game slide by routing Green Bay 38-10 in the matchup of the last two Super Bowl champs. Eli Manning tossed three TDs to give him 200 career TD passes, passing Phil Simms to become the Giants all-time leader in that department. The Giants own a two-game lead atop the NFC East.
- The San Francisco 49ers returned a pair of Drew Brees interceptions for touchdowns in their 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Colin Kaepernick is 2-0 as a starter in relief of Alex Smith.
--Baltimore rallied from a 13-3 deficit to edge San Diego 16-13 in overtime. The Ravens are 9-2, good for a three-game lead in the AFC North. The key play for the Ravens came when they were facing fourth down and 29 yards to go late in regulation and Ray Rice converted a screen pass for a first down
-- The Atlanta Falcons survived a dogfight in Tampa Bay and eked out a 24-23 win over the Bucs to improve to 10-1. Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards. Michael Turner's 1-yard TD run with 7:55 left put the Falcons on top. The win enables the Falcons to keep pace with Houston for the NFL's best record.
- Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and Denver rallied for its sixth straight win, 17-9 over Kansas City.
-- Cincinnati moved back into the playoff picture with its third straight win, 34-10 over the hapless Raiders. The Bengals are 6-5. Andy Dalton tossed three TDs.
-- Cleveland surprised Pittsburgh 20-14. The Browns forced eight Steelers turnovers as Pittsburgh struggled with third-quarterback Charlie Batch.
--Indianapolis improved to 7-4 with a 20-13 win over Buffalo. T.Y. Hilton scored on a 75-yard punt return and caught an 8-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck.
--Jacksonville snapped a seven-game losing streak by surprising Tennessee 24-19. Two TD passes for Chad Henne.
- Dan Carpenter kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final, and Miami scored 17 points in the last 8:08 to down Seattle 24-21.
-- St. Louis downed Arizona 31-17. Janoris Jenkins became the first player in Rams history and the first NFL rookie since 1960 to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game.
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