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April 19, 2013

Tirico looks forward to seeing Romo, Cowboys in winter environment against Bears on MNF

The Cowboys and Bears get a Monday night rematch this year, and it’ll be on the Bears’ terms – at their field, in December, nice and cold.

The Cowboys don’t have much experience in outdoor Monday night games after November. They have played only two such games in the last 12 seasons, a 31-0 loss at Tennessee on Dec. 25, 2000, and a 43-39 win at Seattle on Dec. 13, 2004.

And for sure, it’ll be quarterback Tony Romo’s first such game, which was not lost on Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico.

“I’m excited to see our Dallas game come later in the year and at Chicago,” he said in quotes released by ESPN on Friday. “You know one, and likely both, will be right in the thick of the playoff race in the NFC, either to win their divisions or for the wild card.

“To be in Chicago in December, which we’ve done a couple of times over our seven years, we know the Bears crowd is always good. For some reason, it’s even better in the winter and when it’s a big game. That will be a great night to see Tony Romo and the Cowboys come into Soldier Field.”

Chicago won the Monday night meeting between the teams last October, 34-18, at Cowboys Stadium. Bt it made the Bears only 25-35 all-time on Monday night, while the Cowboys’ 43 victories are most all-time on Monday night.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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