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DevHester leaves game with concussifirst quarter Bears’ game Sunday. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times Media

Devin Hester leaves the game with a concussion in the first quarter of the Bears’ game on Sunday. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times Media

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NFL SCOREBOARD

STANDINGS

NFC EAST W L T

NY Giants 6 4 0

Washington 5 6 0

Dallas 5 6 0

Philadelphia 3 7 0

NFC NORTH W L T

Chicago 8 3 0

Green Bay 7 3 0

Minnesota 6 5 0

Detroit 4 7 0

NFC SOUTH W L T

Atlanta 10 1 0

Tampa Bay 6 5 0

New Orleans 5 6 0

Carolina 2 8 0

NFC WEST W L T

San Francisco 8 2 1

Seattle 6 5 0

Arizona 5 6 0

St. Louis 3 7 1

AFC EAST W L T

New England 8 3 0

Miami 5 6 0

Buffalo 4 7 0

NY Jets 4 7 0

AFC NORTH W L T

Baltimore 9 2 0

Pittsburgh 6 5 0

Cincinnati 6 5 0

Cleveland 3 8 0

AFC SOUTH W L T

Houston 10 1 0

Indianapolis 7 4 0

Tennessee 4 7 0

Jacksonville 2 9 0

AFC WEST W L T

Denver 8 3 0

San Diego 4 7 0

Oakland 3 8 0

Kansas City 1 10 0

WEEK 12

Thursday’s Results

Houston 34, Detroit 31

Washington 38, Dallas 31

New England 49, NY Jets 19

Sunday’s Results

Bears 28, Minnesota 10

Cincinnati 34, Oakland 10

Cleveland 20, Pittsburgh 14

Indianapolis 20, Buffalo 13

Denver 17, Kansas City 9

Miami 24, Seattle 21

Atlanta 24, Tampa Bay 23

Jacksonville 24, Tennessee 19

Baltimore 16, San Diego 13 (ot)

Arizona 31, St. Louis 17

San Fran. 31, New Orleans, 21

Green Bay at NY Giants, late

Monday’s Game

Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:30

WEEK 13

Thursday’s Game

New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:20

Sunday, Dec. 2

Jacksonville at Buffalo, noon

Seattle at Chicago, noon

San Fran. at St. Louis, noon

New England at Miami, noon

Arizona at NY Jets, noon

Indianapolis at Detroit, noon

Minnesota at Green Bay, noon

Houston at Tennessee, noon

Carolina at Kansas City, noon

Tampa Bay at Denver, 3:05

Cleveland at Oakland, 3:25

Cincinnati at San Diego, 3:25

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 3:25

Philadelphia at Dallas, 7:20

Monday, Dec. 3

NY Giants at Washington, 7:30

Updated: January 25, 2013 1:38AM



Jay Cutler returned from a concussion to lead Chicago to a win, while the Bears now have to deal with injuries to Devin Hester and a slew of teammates.

Cutler threw for 188 yards and a touchdown after sitting out a game because of a concussion, and the Bears broke it open early for a 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in a game that saw Hester, Matt Forte, Charles Tillman and both starting guards sidelined.

The Bears (8-3) grabbed a 25-3 halftime lead with Cutler connecting on just about every pass. The defense held Adrian Peterson in check early on, although he finished with 108 yards rushing.

Chicago also came away with three more takeaways to increase its league-leading total to 30.

The rather easy win came after back-to-back losses to Houston and San Francisco, but came with a heavy price.

Hester was lost early on to a concussion; Forte hobbled off midway through the third quarter with an ankle injury, and coach Lovie Smith said Tillman hurt his ankle.

Guards Lance Louis and Chris Spencer went out with knee injuries in the third quarter, with Louis’ injury forcing Chicago to go with Gabe Carimi -- who lost the right tackle job to Jonathan Scott.

As for Cutler, he looked sharp after missing Monday’s blowout loss at San Francisco.

He got off to a scorching start and completed 23 of 31 passes with an interception to go with the touchdown.

Brandon Marshall caught 12 passes for 92 yards and became the first Bears receiver since Marty Booker in 2002 to go over 1,000 yards.

Forte fumbled on Chicago’s first play from scrimmage, leading to a 40-yard field goal by Blair Walsh -- all the scoring the Vikings did in the half.



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