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Bears Beat Cowboys 34-18 With Five Interceptions of Tony Romo

Henry Melton of the Chicago Bear sacks quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Photographer: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Henry Melton of the Chicago Bear sacks quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Photographer: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The Chicago Bears intercepted five passes from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, returning two for touchdowns in a 34-18 win.

Chicago’s Charles Tillman scored on a 25-yard interception return during the second quarter last night in Arlington, Texas, and Lance Briggs returned another 74 yards for a touchdown in the third. Romo’s five interceptions matched a career high as the Cowboys fell to 2-2. The Bears are 3-1.

“You get pressure on the quarterback, you make him throw the ball a little earlier, a little higher, and you give your back seven the opportunity to make some plays,” Briggs said in a televised interview. The Bears have now forced 14 turnovers this season, the most in the National Football League.

Jay Cutler threw touchdown passes to Devin Hester and Brandon Marshall for the Bears, whose road victory capped Week 4 of the NFL’s regular season.

The 2,978 points scored so far this season broke the record for any four-week period in NFL history, surpassing the previous mark of 2,961 points from Week 12-15 in 2004.

Following a scoreless first quarter last night, the Bears got 10 points in less than two minutes, as Robbie Gould kicked a 43-yard field goal and Tillman extended his franchise record with his sixth interception return for a touchdown.

The Cowboys pulled within 10-7 on a 10-yard scoring pass from Romo to Miles Austin 14 seconds before halftime.

The third-quarter touchdowns by Hester and Briggs increased the Bears’ lead to 24-7. After the teams traded field goals, Marshall hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Cutler with 6:28 remaining to go up 34-10. Dallas tacked on a touchdown and two-point conversion with 34 seconds left, yet fell to 14-12 at Cowboys Stadium.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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