Chicago Bears 26, Detroit Lions 24 (box score)
The Detroit Lions ended their 2012 season in a very typical Detroit Lions way in their loss to the Chicago Bears. The Lions weren’t sharp early on and found themselves down 20-3 late in the second quarter thanks to a combination of turnovers, big plays allowed and general ineffectiveness.
Still, Matthew Stafford found Kris Durham with a beauty of a pass down the left sideline to make the halftime deficit 20-10.
The Lions offense finished with four turnovers on the day but the defense held the Bears to just two second half field goals. A Stafford to Brian Robiskie touchdown pass brought the Lions to within two at 26-24 with 6:55 remaining but that was all they could muster.
In the end, the Lions lost again, Calvin Johnson came up short of 2,000 receiving yards for the season and Matthew Stafford didn’t get a second-straight 5,000 yard season.
While the Lions offense turned the ball over four times, the Lions defense couldn’t force a single Bears turnover. That pretty much sums up the bulk of the Lions problems this season as the Lions threw away too many opportunities on offense and rarely, if ever, came up with big plays on defense.
The Lions offense should take most of the blame for today’s loss but the defense didn’t do anything to come up with “winning plays” on their side of the ball.
The 2012 season ends with the Lions at 4-12 and on an eight-game losing streak and guarantees them a draft pick no worse than fifth depending on the outcome of the Oakland Raiders game this afternoon.
The win keeps the Chicago Bears’ playoff hopes alive. If the Green Bay Packers can win in Minnesota then the Bears are playoff bound. If the Vikings effectively defend their home turf, they will earn the second wild card berth* in the NFC.
*If you read the word ‘berth’ and didn’t think anything of it, congratulations, you are smarter than the Chicago Bears fan pictured here. Perhaps this woman expects the Bears to get into the playoff by traversing through a portion of the female anatomy.