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Devin Hester had a 37-yard punt return and a 22-yarder that set up a second-quarter TD run by Marion Barber. And along with his contributions on offense, Knox returned a kickoff 53 yards, leading to a TD catch by Kellen Davis late in the first half.
Charles Tillman had a key strip and fumble recovery, and the Bears extended a turnaround that seemed highly unlikely just a few weeks ago. Cutler was getting pounded, and the defense was giving up big plays.
The Bears got all they could handle Sunday after intercepting Matthew Stafford four times and forcing six turnovers in a lopsided win over the Lions a week earlier.
Rivers completed 21 of 31 passes, with Jackson catching seven for 165 yards.
San Diego had just tied it at 17 on a 5-yard TD catch by Jackson early in the second half when Cutler ran it in from the 1 after a 42-yard pass to Knox.
In a flash, it was a 14-point game.
Tillman stripped Ryan Mathews on the Chargers' next play from scrimmage and made the recovery, giving the Bears possession at the San Diego 37.
Two plays later, a spinning Knox hauled in a 24-yard pass from Cutler in the left corner of the end zone with his back to the quarterback, making it 31-17. Nick Novak kicked a 48-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the Chargers did not pick up a yard the rest of the way.
Rivers threw two incompletions after Cason's big interception return before getting picked off by Wright. And after the Bears worked 7 1/2 minutes off the clock before punting, Graham got his interception with just under two minutes remaining.
"It's all on our defense," Roy Williams said. "That's it. Chicago football is defense and special teams. They keep kicking it to Devin. Devin's giving us the short field. If he doesn't score, we're on the 40-yard line, we're on the 30-yard line."
NOTES: Smith said he wasn't sure how serious LS Patrick Mannelly's knee injury was. The veteran missed the second half. ... The Bears have scored 30 or more in three straight games. ... Wright has an interception in three straight games. ... Jackson had 172 yards for the Chargers against New England on Sept. 18. ... San Diego is 1-4 on the road.
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