For the first time this year, the Cowboys gave up a touchdown by a cornerback.
Rookie corner Morris Claiborne got beat on a 34-yard touchdown catch by Devin Hester to open the second half and get the Chicago Bears rolling.
Neither Claiborne nor Brandon Carr, Mike Jenkins or Orlando Scandrick had given up a touchdown pass in the first three games.
But that score was a big one. It put the Bears ahead 17-7 after the Cowboys had closed to within three points after a touchdown right before halftime.
Claiborne might have been expecting help on the touchdown by Hester. But the Cowboys were playing without a starting safety, Barry Church, who suffered a torn Achilles last week.
In his place, Danny McCray had six tackles, but he said he missed chances to make plays.
“I would just say that their defense outplayed our defense tonight,” he said. “Tonight was a night that we didn’t bring everything to the table. We didn’t make the plays that we needed to and maximize the opportunities that we were given, and the score shows that.”
-- Carlos Mendez