The Houston Texans overcame bitterly cold conditions and driving rain to beat the Chicago Bears 13-6 on Sunday in a gritty clash between two of the top defenses in the NFL.
Playing through the cold conditions at Chicago's Soldier Field, the Texans (8-1) traded hard-hitting blows with the Bears and prevailed to remain top of the AFC and prove their title credentials.
Arian Foster fought for 102 yards rushing and caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for a 10-3 Texans lead that stood out in a game that featured little offense.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game with concussion late in the second period after taking a hard hit that forced him to stay in the locker room at halftime.
Backup Jason Campbell could only lead the home team to a third-quarter field goal against the determined Houston defense while the Texans added a field goal in the fourth from Shayne Graham, his second of the game.
Chicago's final drive attempt to tie the game stalled at their own 40-yard line.
Though the Bears (7-2) entered the game as the league's best at creating turnovers, the Texans outshone them with four, including three in the first quarter.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles Editing by Greg Stutchbury)