With four minutes to play Thursday night and needing to stop America’s most disappointing football team from scoring a touchdown the Bears’ defensive huddle featured the likes of Zack Bowman Landon Cohen Blake Costanzo Jon Bostic and David Bass.

Weeklong injury battles and in-game attrition made the Bears’ once-vaunted unit a cast of no-names.

And the no-names needed a stop.

With just under 2 minutes left they got it — when Eli Manning threw a pass over Brandon Myers’ running down the middle of the field. The ball tipped off the tight end’s hand and into Tim Jennings’ arms for the erratic quarterback’s third interception of the night.

The Bears held on for a 27-21 victory in front of 60709 Soldier Field fans squeaking by a winless team in a game that won’t win any aesthetic points.

But just look at the Bears’ injury list Thursday: cornerback Charles Tillman (back) and defensive tackle Stephen Paea (turf toe) were ruled inactive.

Middle linebacker D.J. Williams left the game in the third quarter with a chest injury and James Anderson soon joined him with a back problem.

“We needed this” linebacker Lance Briggs said.

Jennings the team’s top cornerback with Tillman hurt had already contributed a first-quarter touchdown returning a Manning communication error 48 yards for a score.

Bowman had a pick on the Giants’ second play of the game. He started for Tillman who missed his first game in four seasons with a back injury returned it 24 yards to the Giants’ 12.

The Bears didn’t score failing on fourth-and-2 from the Giants’ 4.

The first-half shootout was on nonetheless with Brandon Marshall catching two second-quarter touchdown passes.

Wearing lime-colored cleats he caught the first and landed on the “A” in Chicago pulling in the high pass against zone coverage. The second was a 3-yarder with 5:24 to play in the half. Marshall finished with nine catches for a team-high 87 yards.

That might have been enough for a blowout though had Brandon Jacobs not found the fountain of youth south of Buckingham Fountain.