The final score reads 40-32 Lions over the Bears, but in reality the game wasn’t that close in the end. Chicago trailed 40-16 with four minutes left in the game, but two 8-point drives brought the score closer than it should have been.
Jay Cutler threw three interceptions and lost a fumble on the day and the Lions dominated on the ground in one of the better performances this team has put together in years. Giving up the two late touchdown drives in garbage time are acceptable, especially after recovering the onside kick to seal it, but the defense played a great game overall.
Safety Louis Delmas had his first two interception game in his career, Glover Quin returned a pick for a touchdown and Ndamukong Suh forced a fumble on a strip-sack that Nick Fairley returned for a touchdown. Fairley’s touchdown led to this enjoyable team bonding moment as well
The Lions were able to run all over the Bears, with Reggie Bush going off for 139 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. Birthday boy Calvin Johnson was held in check with four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown and Matthew Stafford had 242 yards passing, 1 touchdown and an interception. Stafford also had this touchdown pass/run to give the Lions the lead for good.
The win puts the Lions in first place with a 3-1 record heading into Lambeau Field next weekend to take on the Packers. Chicago will host the currently 3-0 Saints at Soldier Field on Sunday as well.