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Bears defense shuts down Cards in win, keeps playoff hopes alive

Charles Tillman (33) is all smiles after returning third-quarter interceptifor touchdown. | Paul Connors~AP

Charles Tillman (33) is all smiles after returning a third-quarter interception for a touchdown. | Paul Connors~AP

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Updated: December 23, 2012 7:00PM



GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chicago’s defense scored two touchdowns and the Bears beat the Arizona Cardinals 28-13 on Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score, the third pick he’s brought back for a touchdown this season and the eighth overall by Chicago, one shy of the NFL record. Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yard for another Bears score.

Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 68 yards and a TD, breaking the Bears franchise record for yards receiving in a season in the process.

Chicago (9-6) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven tries. The Cardinals (5-10) lost for the 10th time in 11 games.



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