The Bears once again found themselves with a double digit lead against the Detroit Lions in the 4th quarter. Unlike three weeks ago, however, Chicago did not collapse in the final minutes and were able to clinch their second consecutive victory.
Justin Fields came out hot on Sunday leading the Bears into the red zone and setting up D.J. Moore to take a reverse 16-yards for a touchdown. Cairo Santos finished off a second drive with a field goal and the home team led 10-0 after one.
Jared Goff and the Lions stormed back in the 2nd quarter to go ahead. Jahmyr Gibbs ran for a 12-yard score but the extra-point sailed wide. Then a TD completion to Josh Reynolds from 16-yard out made it 13-10 at the half.
The Bears came out of the break like a house on fire, especially the defense who pitched a second-half shutout. Santos kicked the tying field goal and then Fields hit Moore for a 38-yard touchdown on a 4th and 13 to put Chicago up 19-13 after a blocked PAT.
Goff fumbled a snap and Fields ran it in from 11-yards out on the ensuing possession to put his squad ahead 25-13. A huge stop on 4th down set up another FG and the Bears took home a dominant 28-13 victory. (Box score)
Why the Bears Won
The defense is gaining confidence every week and stifled an excellent Detroit offense. Fields made several big plays and didn’t turn it over.
The Lions jumped offsides on the 4th and 13 and the Bears QB took a deep shot on the free play and hit it for the eventual game-winner.
Stats That Matter
- Fields had 223 passing yards and a TD while rushing for 58 more and another score. Most importantly. there were no big mistakes.
- Moore looked every bit a top receiver with 88 total yards and two touchdowns.
- The Bears defense had an interception and a fumble to give them 10 forced turnovers the last three games.
This is the first time Matt Eberflus has won two consecutive games as Bears coach. The defense looks great, if the offense plays smart this team can make some noise late.
Chicago heads to Cleveland to take on the Browns Sunday at 12:00pm CT on FOX.