Lions at Bears: Late rally falls short resulting in third straight loss

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Fourth Quarter 

Detroit faced a major deficit as the final quarter began. Detroit had to go for it again on fourth down, this time 4th & 6, and Stafford’s pass was caught by tight end Michael Roberts but both he and Kerryon Johnson were shaken up on that play.

Stafford nearly coughed the ball up on an awkward sequence as he was sacked again. Theo Riddick managed to regain much of the lost yardage though but on the next snap, Chicago’s star linebacker, Khalil Mack sacked Stafford for the sixth time in the game.

Going for the first down again on 4th & 15, Stafford looked to hit TJ Jones deep but he was intercepted for the second time in the game, this time it was Prince Amukamara who took it away from the Lion signal caller.

The interception but Chicago in bad field position and just as it looked as if Detroit’s rookie defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand came down with a sack for a safety but it was only ruled as a sack with no safety.

The Bears had to punt again and Detroit took over with great field position.  A roughing-the-passer penalty gave them even better field position and Matthew Stafford found Kenny Golladay in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. Detroit went for a two-point conversion but missed on a badly executed play, 34-16 Chicago.

Detroit got a mulligan on an attempted onside kick and on the second attempt, they were successful as Nick Bellore recovered the ball.

The Lions missed on their next two pass attempts and on 3rd & 10, Stafford again misfired on another pass intended for Golladay. Detroit stayed aggressive though as they went for it once again on fourth down and Golladay picked up 25-yards on the play.

On the next play, Kerryon Johnson took a short pass 13-yards for the touchdown. Detroit failed again on the two-point conversion, 34-22 Chicago.

The Lions tried to challenge the ruling on the failed conversion but they lost the challenge. Since it was their second lost challenge of the game they lost any future attempts to challenge and they no longer had any timeouts remaining.

On the next Chicago drive, Trubisky patiently and efficiently continued to pick Detroit apart with his passes but the Bears failed to convert on the ground and they punted the ball back to Detroit with 1:04 left in the game.

The Lions completed a few short passes but their efforts were to no avail in a third straight loss, 34-22 Final.

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For the next few weeks, tough tasks loom for the Lions as they return to Michigan to play a three-game home slate. Next week, the Carolina Panthers come to town and after that game, Detroit will play the Bears again on a quick turnaround as the Lions host their annual Thanksgiving game. Then, the mighty Los Angeles Rams make their way to Motor City. Tough tasks indeed.