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Corey Wootton #98 of the Chicago Bears grabs Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans by the facemask as he tackles him at Soldier Field. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
After wild games in Cincinnati, New Orleans, and San Francisco, there was a big game happening in the Windy City between two of the powerhouses in the league.
It was hard to say what was going to happen coming into this one, but at the end of the night it was the Houston Texans who went home with another win as they defeated the Chicago Bears in a defensive war by a 13-6 mark.
There’s no doubt that this game would’ve gone differently if the weather hadn’t added an extra hurdle to jump over, but as Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher said before the game:
“Both teams have to deal with it.”
Deal with it they did.
With the high-powered offense of the Texans and the turnover factory that is the Bears’ defense, it looked like this game would pit strength against strength. But at halftime it was Houston’s defense that looked a lot like, well, the Bears, forcing three turnovers in the first half.
Danieal Manning accounted for two of the three with one interception and a forced fumble on a hit he laid on tight end Kellen Davis during Chicago’s first possession of the game.
Arian Foster had the only touchdown of the game, which came on a two-yard pass from Matt Schaub in the second quarter.
Foster had another solid day, racking up 102 yards on 29 carries when all was said and done, but seeing as though he was near 100 yards at halftime on 15 carries, his productivity in the second half was mildly disappointing.
But it’s hard to say anything too terrible about the offenses in this game given the quality of the defenses and the fact that those defenses were both made better by slippery field conditions and a very loosely called game by the officials.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t return to action after halftime having reportedly suffered a concussion in the first half. He was replaced by Jason Campbell.
Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning (38) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Chicago Bears in the first half an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
At the end of the day all that really matters is that Houston notched another win and can move into the rest of their schedule and focus on the four games they have left within their division.
The Texans also have Detroit on Thanksgiving to look forward to, as well as what should be an intriguing matchup with New England and a home game with surging Minnesota on Dec. 23.
If Houston can avoid being on cruise control as they head into the playoffs they will definitely be in line to make some noise. They proved in this game that they don’t have to follow a specific formula to win a football game, and that they have what it takes to win a big game.
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In what could end up being a Super Bowl preview, the Houston Texans will travel to Chicago and face the Bears on Sunday night at Soldier Field. Both teams are 7-1 and can boast to have 1 of the leagues most talented defenses, as well as having 2 complete offenses with the ability to throw and run the ball with the best in the game. With the game being played in the nasty conditions...
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Talk about a heavyweight bout, the Houston Texans went into Soldier Field and came out with a huge 13-6 win against the Chicago Bears. In a rainy setting on a sloppy field, the Texans were able to put together enough offense, play stout defense and put together enough special teams coverage to come out with a huge win.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Texans defensive line coach Bill Kollar did not travel home from Chicago with the team because of a possible blood clot.
Kollar missed Sunday night's game against the Bears because of the issue. He was experiencing shortness of breath before the game and a team trainer sent him to the hospital for tests. He wasn't allowed to return to the field.
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated.) By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer It wasn't pretty, but the Houston Texans found a way to beat the Bears and escape Chicago tied for the best record in the NFL.
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CHICAGO -- The Houston Texans got a diving catch by Arian Foster in the second quarter for the game's only touchdown, and they held on to beat the Chicago Bears 13-6 Sunday night in a steady rain. The Texans (8-1) took four first-half takeaways from the Bears and knocked Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game with a concussion -- albeit on a hit that was penalized....
Houston forced three turnovers in the first quarter and Shayne Graham kicked a 20-yard field goal to give the Texans a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Bears through one period at a rainy Soldier Field on Sunday night.
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Chicago had one of its worst overall performances in a 13-6 home loss on Sunday night to the Houston Texans, a game in which the offense turned the ball over four times.
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NFC Top 5
5. Seattle Seahawks
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