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Forte, Bears rally for 21-13 victory over Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Lovie Smith's return

  • Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Chicago. The Bears won 21-13. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Chicago. The Bears won 21-13. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) pitches the ball to running back Matt Forte (22) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Chicago. The Bears won 21-13.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) pitches the ball to running back Matt Forte (22) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Chicago. The Bears won 21-13.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

Matt Forte rushed for two touchdowns in the third quarter, and the Bears spoiled Lovie Smith's return to Chicago with a 21-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Jay Cutler threw a 2-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery as the Bears (5-6) scored 21 straight points to erase a 10-0 halftime deficit. Forte had a 13-yard run that put Chicago ahead to stay, and then added a 1-yard plunge that made it 21-10.

Smith coached the Bears to three playoff appearances and a trip to the 2007 Super Bowl during his successful nine-year run in Chicago. He was hired by Tampa Bay in January, and his first game back at Soldier Field showed just how far he has to go to get the lowly Bucs (2-9) back on track.