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Today's post-game headlines: The Cowboys win, but make it much closer that it ought to have been...

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Dallas wins 41-28; keeps playoffs in view - Dave Halprin, BTB

BTB's Head Honcho authors our top post-game review, neatly summing up the entire affair:

Besides the sloppy fourth quarter, the Cowboys looked good on both sides of the ball. The offense returned to their ground-and-pound formula with Murray having a monster game. Tony Romo was ruthlessly efficient on the night and Cole Beasley supplied the surprise performance of the evening with two touchdowns. The Cowboys defense was able to contain the Bears until they started falling apart in the fourth quarter. Luckily, the offense had built a sizable lead.

Murray, Romo lead Cowboys over Bears 41-28 - Andrew Seligman, Yahoo Sports

Cowboys blast Bears behind Murray's monster night - Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com

Murray also allows Tony Romo to dink and dunk on a frigid night where Romo mostly didn't want to go deep. Romo had almost as many touchdowns (three) as incompletions (five) on 26 attempts. After so many years of carrying imbalanced Cowboys teams, Romo can win blowouts without having to take many risks.

DeMarco Murray's 179 yards leads Cowboys to 41-28 victory over Bears - Curtis Crabtree, profootbaltalk.com

Cowboys run all over Bears - ESPN Dallas

Murray shows its his offense as Cowboys get their ninth win vs. Bears - Doug Farrar, SI.com

With 1.606 rushing yards on the season, Murray still has an outside chance to become the eighth player in league history to exceed 2,000 in a season, and the first since Adrian Peterson in 2012.

The "run to win" narrative is generally a canard, but in Dallas' case, it's very clear that this team will go as far as Murray -- and that dominant offensive line -- takes it.

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Game recap: Cowboys get much-needed 41-28 win in Chicago - Kurt Daniels, The Mothership

A rather nasty defensive drop-off after three solid quarters:

Oh, but that Dallas defense. After looking good through three quarters, holding Chicago to just one score, they simply had no answer for Jay Cutler and Co. in the fourth frame. The Bears quarterback, who only had 100 passing yards at the half, finished with 341 yards through the air, completing 32-of-46 attempts.

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Twitter break!

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Cowboys-Bears: 10 things to know from Dallas' 41-28 win over Chicago - John Breech, CBSSports.com

A snippet from among a collocation of worthy snippets:

Someone needs to cover Cole Beasley

To be fair, the Bears did cover Beasley, except when the Cowboys got near the end zone. Beasley only caught three passes in the game, but they were a big three. Two of Beasley's three catches went for touchdowns, including this wild 24-yard yard catch in the third quarter that had to be reviewed.

Scout's eye: defensive backs battled, Murray carries team among thoughts - Bryan Broaddus, The Mothership

The Broad One serves up a smorgasbord of thoughts. Here he is on the Cowboys third down defense:

The Cowboys held the Bears to 20 percent on third-downs conversions in this game. The last two games for the defense had been a nightmare. There was a much better job of overall tackling and rallying to the ball, which in my opinion made the biggest difference in how they were able to achieve this number.

Stats to know: Cowboys 41, Bears 28 - ESPN Stats and Information

The fabulous stats guys at ESPN share some numerically-based observations on Thursday night's affair. My eye was caught by some interesting stuff on DeMarco Murray:

  • Murray’s 41 offensive touches were the most in an NFL game since Larry Johnson had 41 in 2006.
  • Murray has three games with 35 or more touches this season. All other running backs combined have four.
  • Murray had more touches in the first half (24) than the Bears had plays (20).
  • Murray finished with 179 yards rushing, 166 yards coming between the tackles, the third-most by a player in a game this season and the most by a Cowboys player since Murray had 183 such yards against St. Louis in Week 7 of 2011.

Aggressive Cowboys show signs they can make this a December to remember - David Moore, DMN

Moore focuses on the decisions to go for twice during the Cowboys first scoring drive:

Faced with a fourth-and-1 on the Chicago 13-yard line early in the second quarter of a scoreless game, Garrett and play-caller Scott Linehan put their faith in the offensive line and ran Murray off right guard for a gain of 4 yards. Four plays later, on fourth-and-goal, Murray went off right tackle for the 1-yard touchdown.

"We ought to be aggressive," Garrett said. "We like our running game. DeMarco was running well, and we have a lot of confidence in the offensive line."

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And, we'll close with this gem: