Tyler Palko threw for 157 yards and a touchdown despite briefly being replaced by Kyle Orton, as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 10-3 on Sunday.
Orton came on to start the second quarter and immediately left the game with an injured finger on his right hand.
Palko connected with Dexter McCluster on a crazy 38-yard pass to end the first half on a ball that got deflected by Brian Urlacher and Chris Conte, giving the Chiefs a 7-3 lead and their first touchdown in three games.
On top of the loss for the Bears, who are fighting for a Wild Card spot in the NFC, they lost Matt Forte to a right knee injury.
The Bears lost their second straight after winning five in a row, but the biggest blow Sunday came in the first quarter.
Forte took a hit to the right knee from Derrick Johnson on a run for no gain deep in Chicago territory.
The Tulane product stayed on the ground while being tended to by medical personnel and walked to the sideline on his own power after that hit to the knee. He remained there for several minutes before heading to the locker room.
At quarterback, Caleb Hanie was 11 of 24 in place of Jay Cutler – throwing three picks for the second consecutive start.
He had completed four straight passes to put the ball on the Chicago 13 after connecting on just one in the second half before that when Roy Williams juggled a throw. The ball hit off several defenders before a diving Jon McGraw picked it off in the end zone with just over four minutes left.
More injuries: Major Wright left the game with a shoulder injury. Craig Steltz replaced him, leading the team with ten tackles – nine solo.
Next: Sunday December 11 at Denver Broncos, 3:05 CT.
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