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|Bears Shut Out Dolphins
|MIAMI (AP) -- Brian Urlacher and the swarming Chicago Bears defense allowed only 187 yards and a single third-down conversion Thursday night, winning 16-0 to send the injury-ravaged Miami Dolphins to their second home shutout in 40 years.
Miami's already depleted offense lost Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to a hamstring injury and center Cory Procter because of a left knee injury. With third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen struggling in his first NFL start since 2008, the Dolphins were no match for a Bears defense that took over the NFL lead in points allowed per game.
Playing in Miami for the first time since losing Super Bowl 41 to Indianapolis, the Bears (7-3) won for the third time in 12 days and moved a half-game ahead of Green Bay atop the NFC North.
The Dolphins (5-5) lost at home in prime time for the third time this season.
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