I guess it’s true: good teams find ways to win.
The Chicago Bears (9-3) beat the Detroit Lions (2-10) 24-20 today in a game where many Bears fans wondered in the first half if the team’s defense was going to show up: the Bears defense allowed 253 yards with 110 yards coming from the ground.
In a back and forth game of team leads, the momentum changed for the Bears in the middle of the fourth quarter.
At the the 8:39 mark, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to lumbering tight end Brandon Manumaleuna. The pass came one play after referee Ed Hochuli called unnecessary roughness on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who pushed Cutler to the ground while the quarterback was running.
With the Bears ahead 24-20 and a ticking clock, the Lions attempted a comeback but after achieving only one first down, Lions quarterback Drew Stanton was sacked for nine yards. A punt followed and the Bears got the ball again at the 5:17 mark.
After four first downs, the Bears ran down the clock.
The Bears now have a 9-3 record after winning five in a row and continue to hold onto their NFC North conference lead with the second place Green Bay Packers closely on their heels with an 8-4 record.
Cutler went 21 for 26 in his passes for 234 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 117; however, offensive line problems continued to plague the team as Cutler was sacked by Detroit four times.
It’s the second week in row that Cutler incurred four sacks in a game.
Playing for the injured Detroit second string quarterback, third string Stanton went 16 of 24 passing, 178 yards and one rushing touchdown. He got his team on the board first with a seven-play, 38-yard drive that ended with Stanton’s three-yard touchdown run.
On the receiving end, Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett caught seven passes for 104 yards.
Next week, the Bears will host the New England Patriots and will enter the toughest part of the season with upcoming games against the NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.
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Written by Debbie Baratz