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McCown adds to aerial attack by flying into end zone

Josh McCown passed for a career-high four touchdowns in Monday night's 45-28 win over the Cowboys, but those weren't the only points the Bears quarterback produced in the air.

In scrambling for a 7-yard TD in the second quarter, McCown took flight near the goal line and helicoptered into the end zone after being hit by safety J.J. Wilcox and linebacker Sean Lee. The TD came on third-and-goal and gave the Bears a 14-7 lead.


Josh McCown soars into the end zone for a 7-yard TD run in Monday night's win over the Dallas Cowboys.
"We joked about it on the sideline," McCown said. "I had to scramble against the Rams [two weeks earlier] and tried to go head-up with their linebackers and it didn't go too well. So I thought maybe I could go through the air this time and I was able to get in the end zone.

"We have had our issues down there the last two weeks and I just wanted to make sure we scored and that is what it is all about."

Coach Marc Trestman doesn't normally like to see his quarterback soaring through the air, but he understood and appreciated McCown's all-out effort.

"We always say to our quarterbacks we want you to get down," Trestman said. "But every once in a while a quarterback has got to do what he's got to do, and that's to find a way into the end zone. It was an excellent run."

Opposing viewpoint: The Bears torched the Cowboys defense, scoring on all eight of their possessions before taking a knee on the game's final play-and Dallas defenders knew it.

"It was horrible," said Lee, who exited with a neck injury in the second half. "We lost the game. We played terrible. We got dominated. We've got to figure out something if we want to get into the playoffs. We've got to play a lot better, starting with myself."

The Bears posted season highs with 45 points and 490 yards and tied a franchise record with 33 first downs against a defense that entered Week 14 ranked last in the NFL.

"They schemed us well," said defensive tackle Jason Hatcher. "They knew what was coming most of the time. It's no excuse. You've just to execute better and play better. We got outplayed tonight."

Time change: The NFL announced Tuesday that the Bears-Eagles game Dec. 22 in Philadelphia has been flexed to the Sunday night timeslot. It will now begin at 7:30 p.m. (CT)

The two teams helped each other the past couple days with the Eagles rallying to beat the Lions and the Bears defeating the Cowboys. While the Bears (7-6) are tied with the Lions (7-6) atop the NFC North, the Eagles (8-5) have a one-game lead over the Cowboys (7-6) in the NFC East.

This season the Bears are 4-0 in prime-time games and 3-6 in contests that have started at noon.

Gould standard: With 13 points against the Cowboys, kicker Robbie Gould increased his career total to 1,010, joining Kevin Butler (1,116) as the only Bears with at least 1,000 points.

Gould has made 24-of-27 field-goal attempts this season (88.9 percent) and remains the third most accurate kicker in NFL history at 85.9 percent (232 of 270). Gould is 11 field goals shy of Butler's team record of 243.

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