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Bears vs Buccaneers final score: Chicago Bears get first win of December, beat Lovie Smith 26-21

The game wasn't pretty, but the Bears finally got their first win of December.

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If you were expecting pretty football in a game featuring two non-playoff teams, you were likely a bit unimpressed with the showdown in Tampa on Sunday. But if you're a Bears fans and just hoped that they would somehow pull off a win, then you probably feel pretty good with how things turned out.

The Bears hit the road on Sunday, and beat the Buccaneers by a score of 26-21.

Another slow start by the Bears offense, and another shuffle of the offensive line, was overcome by a strong performance by Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Jeremy Langford, and Ka'Deem Carey-- not to mention a nice bounce-back game by Robbie Gould.

On defense, Harold Jones-Quartey and John Timu both had great games-- Jones-Quartey forced a fumble and grabbed an interception, and Timu had two fumble recoveries.

Jay Cutler looked as composed as he has all season long, protecting the football and showing great pocket awareness as he worked through his progressions.

Some final stats:

- Jay Cutler: 20/27, 156 yards, 1 TD, 100.2 rating

- Matt Forte:  11 rushes, 54 yards | 3 receptions, 23 yards

- Jeremy Langford: 19 rushes, 83 yards

- Zach Miller: 7 receptions, 69 yards

The Bears' win moves their record to 6-9, one more victory this season than 2014.

Now they have one more game left to play: Next Sunday versus the Detroit Lions.

What are your thoughts on today's victory?