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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears catches a touchdown pass against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
The Bears needed to come up with a big win to keep their playoff hopes alive. They came through with a 28-13 win over the hapless Arizona Cardinals. What shaped the win?
1. Zack Bowman spotting Beanie Wells' fumble -- Bowman was brought in to give the Bears' depth in the secondary, and he delivered. With the Cardinals in their own end zone because of great special teams' work, Wells ran into his own player, fumbled, and Bowman spotted the ball and grabbed it for the defensive touchdown.
2. Marshall's big catch -- Early in the second quarter, the Bears were driving, and Jay Cutler was struggling. But Brandon Marshall made a perfect catch, setting the Bears up on the four-yard line for a touchdown on the next play.
3. Don't try a fake here -- Special teams played a huge role. The Cardinals tried a fake field goal, which the Bears spotted with ease. Jay Feely was hit hard and fumbled the ball out of bounds.
4. Drive for momentum -- After the two-minute warning and with no timeouts left, Jay Cutler used four different ball carriers to move down the field. It ended with a Brandon Marshall touchdown, on the day he broke the Bears' single-season reception yards record.
5. Aggressive defense -- The Bears took advantage of the Cardinals' chaotic offense by playing aggressively and forcing takeaways. Early in the third, Major Wright tipped a Ryan Lindley pass. On the next, Charles Tillman picked him off for a touchdown.
6. Injury to Matt Forte -- It wasn't all happiness for the Bears. Matt Forte ran for 88 yards, and then rolled his ankle and had to leave the game.