In a hotly contested game, the Bears rolled over new division rival, the Detroit Lions, with a 37-13 win on Sunday.
It was an aggressive, angry game but fortunately the Bears were able to take a commanding lead at the start and keep it.
With the win, the Bears have won four consecutive games and sit in a 6-3 NFC North tie with Detroit. The wild-card race is beginning to look interesting.
Here’s a look at the game.
The Bears took a quick 10-0 lead from recovered fumbles on Detroit’s first two possessions.
Matt Forte got the Bears on the board first with a six-yard touchdown run, followed by a Robbie Gould 43-yard field goal.
The Bears opened the second quarter with a 35-yard field goal. Devin Hester shook off a week filled with illness and a cranky left ankle and soon followed with an 82-yard punt return to have the Bears take a commanding 20-0 lead.
Why teams continue to Hester, I’ll never know but Bears fans won’t argue.
The Lions went into panic mode and quickly grabbed two field goals in the quarter to avoid a scoreless first half.
So much for Lion’s defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh recent conversation with NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell about unnecessary roughness rules. In the second quarter, Suh ripped off Cutler’s helmet from the back; no penalty was called.
The Bears entered the half ahead 21-6.
The interceptions kept coming from Detroit and the Bears’ Major Wright recorded his first career touchdown with a 24-yd return at the top of the quarter.
Next up for an interception touchdown? Charles Tillman. He ran in a 44-yard return and the Lions saw themselves down 34-6; it was only four minutes into the third quarter.
Third time was the charm for the Bears as they got three more points in the third quarter with a 50-yard field goal by Gould.
In the fourth quarter, Detroit grabbed its first touchdown of the game. The Bears still led 37-13 and backup quarterback Caleb Hanie entered the game to give Cutler a rest.
The second half was an ugly one with tempers flaring and players fighting. Rookie Detroit tackle Nick Fairley drove Cutler into the end zone’s turf and received a roughing the passer call late in the third quarter.
Next up? Bears cornerback D.J. Moore exited in the fourth quarter after Tim Jennings’ interception return. Stafford wasn’t happy with his third pick of the day and dragged Moore down by the back of his helmet.
Moore said not so fast and went after Stafford. A small brawl ensued.
Stafford remained in the game while Moore exited with a big smile on his face.
It wasn’t a great day for stats. Matt Forte led in rushing with a measly 18 carries for 64 yards while Cutler went 9 for 19 for 123 yards. Earl Bennett continued as his quarterback’s favorite target, grabbing 81 of Cutler’s yards.
With an offensive line that is coming together, bad news hit the group with the season-ending wrist injury of guard Chris Williams on Sunday. He had surgery today and Edwin Williams will pinch hit.
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Written by Debbie Baratz