Detroit Lions Make the Most of Their Return to Monday Night Football

Detroit Lions 24, Chicago Bears 13 (box score)

There hasn’t been an NFL franchise whose fans have received so little for their investment over the past decade than the Detroit Lions. That started to change once the league schedule the Lions to host the week five edition of Monday Night Football and the team made sure they did their part to give the fans a pay-off.

The Bears and Lions played to a scoreless first quarter but Matthew Stafford found Calvin Johnson for a 73-yard touchdown pass with the second play of the second quarter to open the scoring. Unfortunately, it was an opening of the floodgates. The Bears responded with a field goal and a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Kellen Davis to take a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Lions are no strangers to halftime deficits at this point having trailed at the break in three straight games. Fortunately, the hole was much shallower than the one the team pulled themselves from in the past two weeks. The Lions defense forced a quick three and out to open the second half and the Lions used their first possession to reclaim the lead. Matthew Stafford found Brandon Pettigrew down the middle for an 18-yard touchdown pass and a 14-10 lead.

The Lions kept the Bears from answering with any points by forcing a punt. The Lions were pinned deep in their territory but all it took was one handoff to Jahvid Best and the slim 14-10 lead was a much more comfortable 21-10. Best’s 88-yard touchdown run is the second longest in Detroit Lions history and helped him crack the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career.

The Lions and Bears traded field goals in the fourth quarter and the Lions defensive line harassed Jay Cutler to seal the 24-13 victory for the Lions on what was undoubtedly a fun night for all in attendance. The game was so hyped that it wouldn’t have been a surprise if it didn’t live up to the talk. It did and the Lions are 5-0.

Perhaps the best news is that this wasn’t a one-time event like the Super Bowl or Final Four. The Lions are likely to make this type of game an annual event.

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  • quarter2midnite

    Good write, Zac… won’t be the last time we get a game like this as we get better as a team. The better you play, the more exposure the team gets, the brighter the lights shine in your eyes before, during, and after the game. This win was big not just to stay 5-0, but to show the LIONS that not only are they much better than people thought they were, but it taught them how to focus and not let outside distractions knock them off their square. Big win. Next weeks game will be even bigger. The 49ers ain’t nothing to sneeze at. But as a team, the LIONS have the confidence that they can handle whatever comes their way. Big win. I’m so proud of this team. 5-0 BABY!!