Referee Ed Hochuli defended a controversial unnecessary roughness penalty against Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh on Sunday that helped set up a game-winning Chicago Bears TD.
What it means: The Detroit Lions provided their usual scare but ultimately were overwhelmed in the fourth quarter. (Sound familiar?) They are 2-10 this season and have lost their past 19 NFC North games dating to Week 8 of the 2007 season. The Bears, who played a professional but not particularly inspired game, improved to 9-3 and maintained their division lead over the Green Bay Packers.
It’s the kind of a mistake that should break your back, opening the third quarter with a big turnover and then letting the opponent grab momentum and roll to victory.
By the time Lovie Smith arrived home Sunday night, maybe he agreed that his defense’s awful first half was the best thing about the Bears’ 24-20 comeback win over the Lions.
Ndamukong Suh went for the big play, the thundering hit, the turnover that could change the game. It’s what he does as well as any defensive lineman in the league.
Oh, it changed the game all right. His forearm slam to the back of quarterback Jay Cutler drew a personal-foul penalty, and the Bears scored the winning touchdown on the next play. And this was the Lions’ season in one tidy, nutty nutshell.
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