CHICAGO -- Jeremy Lincoln, Dante Jones and Mark Carrier all scored defensive touchdowns Sunday to send the resurging Chicago Bears roaring past the Green Bay Packers, 30-17, and into a three-way tie for the lead in the NFC Central.
Chicago won its fourth straight game under first-year coach Dave Wannstedt and the Bears did it with a defense that has become one of the best in the NFL.
Lincoln set the tone for the game with an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the first period, Jones picked up a fumble and returned it 32 yards for a score early in the third period and Carrier sealed the victory by returning an interception 32 yards to give the Bears a 13-point lead with 1:41 to play.
Both the Packers and Bears are now 7-5, as are the Detroit Lions, who were shut out by Minnesota Sunday. That left Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit sharing the top spot in the division with Minnesota a game behind.
Kevin Butler added three field goals for the Bears while Brett Favre threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Packers, who had their three- game winning streak snapped and who lost for just the second time in eight games.
After Lincoln's interception return, Green Bay tied it on Favre's 18- yard scoring throw to Sherling Sharpe late in the first period.
But the first of Butler's field goals, a 29-yarder with 5:04 to play in the first half, gave the Bears a 10-7 halftime lead. They added to their advantage two minutes deep in the third quarter on Jones' fumble return, after which the Packers rallied to tie on a Chris Jacke field goal and a 22-yard throw from Favre to Mark Clayton.
Chicago took the lead for good on a 24-yard field goal by Butler with 1:38 to play in the third period.