Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a pass against Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions V Chicago Bears Final Score: Lions Escape Chicago With 21-19 Win


The match-up between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions was a classic black and blue division game. Both defenses played well but in the end it was the Bears offense that couldn’t capitalize on scoring opportunities.

In the third quarter the Lions took the lead on a Calvin Johnson Touchdown catch making the score 14-7. The Bears responded by marching right down the field with passes to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.  However the drive stalled and the Bears had to settle for a field goal.

Then in the 4th, Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw what could have been a critical interception setting up the bears inside the Lion 10 yard line. On the next play, Bears RB Matt Forte scored on a run around the end but the touchdown was called back after a holding penalty. The Bears then had to settle for a field goal making the score 14-13.

Late in the 4th quarter the Lions offensive stars took over.  Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford led the Lions on a 12 play 85 yard drive that gobbled up 6:40 and ended in a Calvin Johnson touchdown. Giving the Lions a 8 point lead.

In response the Bears turned to Josh McCown to replace Jay Culter who was pulled from the game with a bad ankle. Cutler had been relatively ineffective in the second half, despite throwing for 250 yards and a touchdown.

McCown led the Bears down the field, alternating passes between Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. McCown found Brandon Marshall in the back of the end zone pulling the Bears within two.  The Bears subsequent two point conversion and onside kick failed giving the Lions a 21-19 win.

The Detroit Lions improve their record to 6-3 and take the lead in the NFC North.

 

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