It was complete and utter domination on the part of the Bears' defense Sunday. Cardinals quarterback rookie Ryan Lindley completed 17-of-30 passes for 141 yards and one interception. His third-quarter pick-six spelled out the end of his afternoon, as new addition Brian Hoyer came in the very next possession.
Hoyer looked more comfortable in the offense than Lindley and John Skelton did, and he completed 11-of-19 for 105 yards and an INT of his own.
Larry Fitzgerald had one of his best games of the season, catching eight passes for 111 yards. It is just the second time he surpassed the 100-yard mark in 2012.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was bad in the first half. He threw a late-half touchdown to Brandon Marshall, but other than that he looked lost against the Cardinals' good defense. Cutler ended up completing 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) for 146 yards, one touchdown and no INT.
Matt Forte was great for Chicago before leaving with an ankle injury early in the third quarter. He finished his day with 12 carries for 88 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown.
The Cardinals drop to 5-10, cementing the second double-digit loss season in the last three for coach Ken Whisenhunt and his team.
The Bears improve to 9-6 and control their own destiny in the NFC playoff picture. If they win at Detroit next week, they will represent the NFC as one of two wild-card teams.