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Chicago grabs pickoff and control of division

By Times Staff
Published October 31, 2005


DETROIT - With the NFC North up for grabs, the Bears snatched control.

Charles Tillman intercepted Jeff Garcia's across-the-body pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown 6:17 into overtime, putting Chicago atop the division over the Lions.

Garcia, in his second start in place of Joey Harrington, rolled right and tried to throw across the field to former Plant High standout Mike Williams. Tillman picked it off and raced untouched to the end zone.

"The ball was floating," Tillman said. "But my eyes weren't big until I caught it and knew I would score."

Jason Hanson's 30-yard field goal for Detroit tied it at 13 early in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.