The Detroit Lions fell to 2-4 after a 7-13 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. After a 10-6 season in 2011 that gave the Lions their first playoff appearance since 1999, this season that was preceded by optimism has quickly turned into disappointment. By no means is the season over, the
Lions have the talent to turn this season around, but that will require them to begin their recovery next week against the Seahawks, and they will be forced to go do it without Nate Burleson, who is out for the remainder of the season with a broken leg.
The Monday night matchup between the division foes was a defensive battle, but it was the Bears defense that prevailed. Calvin Johnson was held to his lowest output of the season, only catching three of the eleven passes thrown his way for 34-yards, and the Lions didn’t get on the scoreboard until Matthew Stafford hooked up with Ryan Broyles for a 12-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game. The Bears on the other hand were able to get off to a good start, they scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game, and then a field goal on their third, both occurring in the first quarter. They would only score once more after that, but that was all they needed to defeat the Detroit Lions.
The Lions also squandered a perfect opportunity in the fourth quarter when they drove down the field all the way to the six yard line with just under three minutes remaining, but that’s where the drive stalled and Stafford’s fourth down attempt intended for Ryan Broyles was intercepted by D.J. Moore. The Lions would get the ball back and score with 30 seconds remaining, but they were unable to recover the onside kick and Jay Cutler ended the game with a knee.