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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Chicago Bears behind the play of quarterback Tyler Palko in an ugly one, 10-3. Palko initially started the game, but was benched in the second quarter to be replaced by newly acquired quarterback Kyle Orton. However Orton stay would be a short one as he was hurt on his first passing attempt.
During a flea-flicker throw Orton’s hand collided with Chicago safety Major Wright, and Orton signaled to the sideline that he needed to come out of the game. The Chicago Bears dealt with quarterback problems of their own as Caleb Haine made his second straight start, replacing the normal starter Jay Cutler, who is out with a broken thumb.
With Cutler out and Haine in, the Bears were relying even more on their all purpose running back Matt Forte to carry the team. However that luxury was taken away as Forte was hurt early in the first quarter when line backer Derrick Johnson collided with his knee. Forte was taken out of the game and did not return for the rest of the game.
With each team battling injury at key offensive positions, scoring opportunities were a rare occasion. Palko delivered the only touchdown of the day at the end of the first half, heaving a desperation ball into the end zone and off of a deflection the ball found Dexter McCluster. The Hail Mary pass proved to be the eventual difference in the game, as it would be all the Chiefs need to defeat the Bears.
This Bears loss drops them to 7-5 and marks their second loss in a row. Their playoff hopes are in serious danger of being dashed as they are in the middle of a tight NFC wildcard race. With the Chiefs win, playoff hopes are alive and the team stays behind Denver Broncos in the A.F.C. West Division race.
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