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NFL notebook: Bears defeat winless Giants 27-21

Associated Press

Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall, and Tim Jennings had two of the Chicago Bears’ three interceptions against Eli Manning in a 27-21 victory over the winless New York Giants on Thursday night.

The host Bears (4-2) snapped a two-game slide following a 3-0 start. New York is 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 team dropped its first nine, a stunning turn for a franchise that won the Super Bowl two years ago.

Cutler and Marshall connected for two touchdowns, and Jennings ran an interception back 48 yards as Chicago built a 24-14 halftime lead.

The Bears were up by 13 when New York’s Brandon Jacobs ran it in from the 1 in the closing seconds of the third after Jennings got called for interference against Hakeem Nicks near the goal line. That cut it to 27-21, but Jennings made up for it when he picked off an overthrown pass by Manning intended for tight end Brandon Myers at the 12 with 1:54 left in the game.

Jets welcome Garrard

Veteran quarterback David Garrard tried retirement for a few months and it just didn’t suit him.

“I didn’t want to turn 50, look back, and be that guy that said, ‘What if I just called somebody?’ ” Garrard said Thursday after his first practice back with the New York Jets. “I’m glad I did.”

Garrard, 35, was removed from the reserve-retired list and placed on the exempt list, meaning he is eligible to practice and attend meetings. With Mark Sanchez out for the season with a shoulder injury, Garrard gives the Jets a veteran backup for rookie Geno Smith.

Owners donate to school

The owners of two NFL teams with ties to the same all-boys Arkansas parochial school announced that they and an anonymous donor had pledged nearly $10 million to a school fundraising campaign that will pay for modernized classrooms, an updated athletic field and air conditioning.

San Francisco 49ers owner John York graduated from Little Rock’s Catholic High School in 1967, and the sons of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Stephen and Jerry Jr., graduated in 1983 and 1988. Jones’ son-in-law Shy Anderson graduated from Catholic High in 1981.

Principal Steve Straessle, who graduated with Jerry Jones Jr., said it’s unusual for a school to have ties to two NFL team owners. Jones said his family’s gift was a way to honor Monsignor George Tribou, a principal who died in 2001.

Around the league

Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Rob Jackson will play their first games for the Washington Redskins since their four-game suspensions ended. Jenkins tested positive for a banned performance enhancing substance, while Jackson was suspended under the NFL’s drug policy. ... Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman was inactive for the Bears’ game against the Giants because of a right knee injury. Defensive tackle Stephen Paea sat out because of turf toe on his left foot. ... Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley says the team could re-sign Jairus Byrd next year, but he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of trading him before the Oct. 29 deadline. ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks is being treated for a MRSA infection in his left foot.


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