CHICAGO, DEC. 2 -- Jim Harbaugh's 50-yard touchdown pass to Neal Anderson with 4:03 left in overtime today gave the Chicago Bears a 23-17 victory over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.

Combined with Green Bay's 23-7 loss to Minnesota tonight, the Bears clinched the NFC Central Division title.

The Bears tied the game with 33 seconds left in regulation on a 19-yard field goal by Kevin Butler.

The Bears won the toss in overtime and elected to defend the north goal and get the strong wind at their backs. It nearly proved costly. The Lions took the kick and marched to the Chicago 17, but Eddie Murray's 35-yard field goal was wide left.

"I deliberately kicked it left because of the wind," said Murray.

But the wind didn't take it, and the Bears had another chance.

The Bears (10-2) made three first downs before Harbaugh hit Anderson with the winning pass, deep beyond safety William White. It was their second overtime victory of the season.

"I never saw the pass," Harbaugh said. "I made a good throw and I think the safety got caught short."

Ron Rivera's fourth-quarter interception as the Lions (4-8) were driving for a score with less than three minutes to play gave the Bears life at their 30. They marched 67 yards and had the ball on the 1 on fourth down. Bears Coach Mike Ditka decided to go for the tie.

The Lions were trailing by 14-10 at halftime. Bob Gagliano replaced quarterback Rodney Peete after the first series in the second half. Late in the third period, the Lions went 51 yards in seven plays, with Gagliano throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Richard Johnson to give the Lions a 17-14 lead.

That's the way it stood until Butler, who had missed a field goal earlier, tied it.

A 34-yard field goal by Murray had given the Lions a 10-7 lead with 4:10 left in the first half. The Bears then drove 71 yards in nine plays and Harbaugh scored on a two-yard dive with 20 seconds left for a 14-10 lead.

"This isn't good for my health," Ditka said. "We were fortunate and sometimes in life you have to be fortunate."

Detroit Coach Wayne Fontes said: "The Lions are back. We're almost there. We just have to fill a few spaces. We played a great game but we lost to a better team."

Detroit.....7.....3.....0.....7.....0.....17

Chicago.....0....14.....0.....3.....6.....23 FIRST QUARTER

Detroit: Peete 1 run (Murray kick), 7:28. SECOND QUARTER

Chicago: Muster 6 run (Butler kick), 6:01.

Detroit: FG Murray 34, 10:50.

Chicago: Harbaugh 2 run (Butler kick), 14:40. FOURTH QUARTER

Detroit: Johnson 22 pass from Gagliano (Murray kick), 0:06.

Chicago: FG Butler 19, 14:27. OVERTIME

Chicago: Anderson 50 pass from Harbaugh, 10:57.

Attendance: 66,946

.........................Lions.....Bears

First downs.............17..........21

Rushes-yards............27-92...34-164

Passing yards...........204........197

Return yards............24..........27

Passing..............18-37-1...23-39-0

Sacked-yards lost.....2-25........2-11

Punts-average.........6-40........8-35

Fumbles-lost..........1-1..........3-0

Penalties-yards......6-42.........4-40

Time of possession..32:24........38:33 RUSHING

Detroit: Sanders 17-61, Gagliano 7-24, Peete 3-7.

Chicago: Muster 14-70, Anderson 15-47, Harbaugh 5-47.PASSING

Detroit: Gagliano 10-19-1, 128 yards, Peete 8-18-0, 101.

Chicago: Harbaugh 23-39-0, 208 yards.RECEIVING

Detroit: Johnson 7-59, Greer 4-37, Clark 3-89, Sanders 2-32, Farr 1-7, Matthews 1-5.

Chicago: Muster 7-50, Morris 5-39, Anderson 3-66, Davis 3-27, Thornton 3-21, Boso 1-4, Green 1-1.MISSED FIELD GOALS

Detroit: Murray 35.

Chicago: Butler 35.