Yes, this is the Bears we're talking about. They are terrible. But wouldn't this have been a cliche spot for the Cowboys to lay an egg? On the road, in bitterly cold weather, playing in primetime against an inferior team? To instill order, Jason Garrett gave the ball to DeMarco Murray again ... and again ... and again ... and again.
Dance with the one that brought you, even if it means he'll have to spend the next 72 hours in the cold tub.
The Cowboys are now 9-4, which is significant in itself. For the first time in four years, they won't finish 8-8. They've escaped the NFL cul-de-sac of mediocrity! It's also another reminder -- both to those on the outside and within the locker room -- that this is a different season, and just maybe, a different Cowboys team.
But that's a test for another day. Thursday was the first, and the Cowboys passed with flying colors.