The Detroit Lions got back to their winning ways on Thanksgiving Day with a 34-17 win over the Chicago Bears. The Detroit Lions started the game off with a quick three and out, and that led to a quick drive by the Bears to score the opening points, a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Ashlon Jeffery. The Lions followed that Bears score up with a drive of their own, but the drive stalled as it had in the past two games and they settled for a Matt Prater field goal. With a score of 7-3, Detroit held Chicago and forced a punt. When they started their drive, the Detroit Lions offensive line faltered, allowing a strip sack of Matthew Stafford by Jared Allen. Allen also recovered the fumble for Chicago inside Detroit’s 10 yard line. Cutler proceeded to throw yet another touchdown pass to Jeffery to extend the Bears lead to 14-3. With an 11 point lead against an offense who has not scored a touchdown since the game winner in week 10, Detroit’s chances of winning were looking rough.
That is when it all changed. Stafford led the Lions on a drive down the field that he capped off with a long touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson, ending the Lions streak of drives without a touchdown. The forced another stalled Bears drive and Stafford again led his team down the field. With the drive seemingly over on a 4th and 1 from the Chicago 1 yard line, the Lions went for it, and Joique Bell made their decision a good one, scoring from 1 yard out. Detroit was now up 17-14. Stafford was not done yet though. He once again led the team on a 2 minute drill drive with big passes to Theo Riddick and Golden Tate and capping it off with another Calvin Johnson touchdown catch. Detroit went into halftime with a 24-14 lead and the offense was clicking.
Chicago started the second half with the ball and proceeded to drive the field. They stalled inside Detroit territory though, leading them to a Robbie Gould field goal to cut the lead to 24-17. That was all the Bears would get though as Detroit was not done scoring. After a couple of stalled drives per side, Detroit got it going again, driving the field and capping it off with a 1 yard Joique Bell touchdown. The lead was now 31-17. Both teams stalled again, and Jay Cutler decided it was time to try for the comeback. He forced a deep pass that was tipped by Darius Slay and intercepted by Glover Quin. Detroit took the ball into Chicago territory and kicked another Prater field goal to finish their scoring at 34. While Detroit could have scored again later in the 4th quarter, coach Jim Caldwell decided not to run up the score, electing to go for it on 4th down instead of kicking the field goal. The play was designed to fail, and it did. Chicago tried one last drive, and seemingly scored at the end of it, but an offsetting penalty situation gave Cutler one more throw. The pass ended up in James Ihedigbo‘s hands in the end zone to end the game with a Detroit Lions interception.
Detroit moved to 8-4 on the season, and with the Cowboys loss to the Eagles, the Lions moved into the number 6 spot in the playoff race. They have two more home games against beatable teams left on the schedule.