Detroit Lions post third straight win, beat Bears 27-24

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Tarik Cohen
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Tarik Cohen /

The Detroit Lions were able to defeat the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday, posting their third straight victory in the process.

The Detroit Lions were able to squeeze past their divisional rivals, the Chicago Bears at home, 27-24 on Sunday afternoon. Although the win improves the Lions’ season record to 6-4, the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings also won, beating the Los Angeles Rams to improve their record to 8-2. Both the Lions and Vikings will square off on Thanksgiving, just four days from now.

Down 10 points to the Bears following the first quarter, the Lions were able to explode for 21 points in the second. Detroit’s sudden scoring surge was sparked via a defensive touchdown off a fumbled snap, recovery and return by cornerback D.J. Hayden. The Lions held a 21-17 lead going into halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Detroit was able to pull away in the final frame due to two Matt Prater field goals including a 52-yarder to seal the win. It was the Lions’ third straight victory.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford finished the game completing 21 of his 31 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Both passing scores came in the second quarter.

Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. led the team with four receptions for 85 yards and a score. Both tight end Eric Ebron and receiver T.J. Jones had four catches each as well.

The Lions continue to struggle on the ground. Running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 22 yards on 11 carries. But he also had a touchdown reception. Running back Theo Riddick was able to rush for 35 yards on just nine carries against the Bears.

Defensively, linebacker Tahir Whitehead led the team with nine total tackles. Safety Tavon Wilson posted seven combined tackles. Both defensive ends Cornelius Washington and Jeremiah Ledbetter recorded half a sack each.

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It will be a quick turnaround for the Detroit Lions this week, as they’ll head back home to Ford Field to face the Vikings on Thanksgiving. That holiday game is scheduled for Thursday, November 23rd at 12:30 p.m. ET.