We’re live blogging the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions.
Bears and Lions about to kickoff a Saturday special!
Here’s some pregame reading from Adam Hoge:
Lions will receive the opening kickoff.
Bears’ color rush uni’s are pretty lame… I mean I love the Bears jerseys, but you gotta spice it up every once in while.
I seriously do not understand how a guy like Chris Prosinski starts for a rebuilding team
And of course once I say it, he gets hurt. Yeeesh
Lions have marched into Bears territory fairly quickly. Prater out for a 48 yard FG.
Makes it with ease. 3-0 Lions.
Not much to talk about the first drive for the Bears.
O’Donnell out to punt already.
Chris Prosinski headed straight to the locker room. Deon Bush in the game. Deiondre’ Hall is inactive. DeAndre Houston-Carson available on the bench.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 16, 2017
Lions in Bears territory again.
LaMarr Houston forces a holding penalty and gets a sack on back to back plays
3rd & 22 for Detroit
Short gain and a punt back to the Bears
Smoke screen for Cohen. He caught the fall on the far sideline and took it all way to the near sideline. Traveled a good 30 yards for a gain of zero.
Trubsiky sacked on 3rd & 7. No life for Bears offense in the first two possessions.
Lions are 3-for-3 in getting across the 50 on offense.
Good balance of run and pass on the drive for Detroit. They’re into the redzone.
1st & 10 from the 13 yardline.
Bears with a couple nice stop. Prater out for his second field goal.
They’ll let the clock run out in the first quarter before that, though. 3-0 Lions.
Still can’t believe the NFL hasn’t come up with a better way to do commercial breaks after quick scores. First and only play after that break, was a chip shot FG, then back to commercials. *sigh*
Lions dominating time of possession so far. They had it for nearly 11 of the first 15 minutes.
Glover Quin has has had a really good year. Love that name too.
Benny Cunningham with a couple of nice moves. Almost converted a 3rd & 13, but comes up a yard short. O’Donnell out to punt again.
Bears make the stop on 3rd down, but a defensive holding on Amukamara gives Detroit a fresh set of downs.
Field mics pick up Matthew Stafford yelling “Kardashian”. Could be the new “Omaha”.
3rd & 18 for the Lions.
Stafford scrmables out of pressure and throws a deep ball to Jones for a monster gain. Lions in great position to make this a two score game.
Bryce Callhan really struggled in coverage on Jones. Jackson was over the top but couldn’t help much either.
Lions inside the five now.
Bears take a timeout. Lions have 3rd & 1 from the 4 yard line.
Touchdown Lions. Stafford to Jones. 12-0 Detroit. Extra point pending.
T.J. Jones btw. Detroit has multiple Joneses for those who were wondering.
Cohen with a HUGE return!… But there’s a flag way back at the 14.
The drive would have started inside Detroit’s 15 if not for Houston-Carson’s holding penalty.
Trubisky to Wright to convert a 3rd down. Bears needed that. If only to keep the ball out of the hand of Stafford.
Trubisky to Bellamy for another first down. Three on this drive.
Two minute warning. 13-0 Lions.
Ziggy Ansah forces a hold from Charles Leno Jr. Ansah always causes problem for the Bears.
Bears will have a 3rd & 7 from Detroit’s 42.
Incomplete pass. Lions will get the ball back with about a minute left and two timeouts at their disposal.
Big play down the sideline negated by offensive pass interference.
The penalty was on Kenny Golladay who played at NIU.
Bears recover a fumble!
Just 6 seconds left though.
Clock reset to 10 seconds.
12 seconds now.
The ref can’t make up his mind!
Bears are at the Detroit 27.
Nugent kicks a FG. 13-3. Two seconds left until halftime.
Bears start the 2nd half with the ball.
Darius Slay with an interception. Lions with great field position.
Lions run a screen play against the Bears blitz on 3rd down. They convert and are now inside the 10 yard line.
Good throw and catch from Stafford to Ebron. 19-3, Lions. Extra point pending.
Trubsiky just threw a dart to Kendall Wright. 2nd & 20 becomes 3rd & 1…
And the Bears convert with a run to the fullback.
Quick, anybody know the name of their fullback? Also, how many teams even carry a FB anymore?
It’ll go down as just a 3-yard completion, but Tarik Cohen just made a sweet one-handed catch.
Bears fail to convert on 3rd & 6. O’Donnell trots back onto the field. Lions could really put out of reach with another TD drive.
Three and out for Detroit. Again, Bears needed that.
Penalties on unreturnable punts make no sense. Just saying.
Bears offensive guard getting an injury looked at by the training staff. Kyle Long is on IR, so the depth on the OL is really being tested here.
Marcus Wheaton is still on the team?
Solid 3rd down conversion from Trubsiky to… you guessed it. Marcus Wheaton.
Bears end the 3rd quarter down 20-3, but are well within scoring position. They’ll have a first down inside the Lions’ 15 when the 4th starts.
Lions all over the read option as they stop Trubsiky in the backfield.
Diggs with the interception. That may stick a fork in this one.
Sam Acho cleans up with the sack after a few other Bears started to flush Stafford out of the pocket.
Another sack, this time by LaMarr Houston. Good game from Houston today. Lions will punt.
I held back on it before, but that interception from Trubisky was very Cutler-ish. Don’t get wrong, I was a Cutler backer to the very end, but his decision making in the redzone was his worst attribute.
Trubsiky forced the ball into double coverage with the Bears well within FG range. Even for a Bears kicker, a 30ish yard chip shot should be money.
Bottom line, don’t ever throw points away. He’s young. He’ll learn. But it still needs to be said. End rant.
Josh Sitton now injured. Not sure how many OLinemen they have available on the bench.
Maybe Grasu comes in and Whitehair moves to guard. Not ideal…
Under 10 minutes to play. Lions lead 20-3.
Confirmed as the broadcast returned from commercial. Grasu in at center. No offensive linemen left on the bench.
Bears moving backwards. Holding call followed by delay of game. 1st & 17 from their own goal line basically.
Trubsiky with strike to Wheaton gets the first down and a whole lot more breathing room.
Back to back really good throws from MT10. Maybe he read my rant on those tablet they use on the sidelines.
Another good one. Bears are rolling. Now across the 50.
4 straight completions for Trubsiky.
On 4th & 6 Trubisky scrambles and comes up just short, but a penalty gives them a first down.
Benny Cunningham makes a couple of shifty moves and gets into the endzone off of a Trubisky pass.
20-10 Lions. 2:32 left.
Bears going for the onside kick.
They decide to pooch it to the opposing 30 yard line instead.
A couple first downs should wrap this up.
3rd & 7. 2:20 left. Bears down to one timeout.
Quirky play ends up with the Bears in the endzone. I doubt this ends with the Bears scoring points.
Yep. Incomplete pass.
An excellent punt pins the Bears inside their own 5. 64 yard net.
Bears have a chance to make things close and *ahem* cover the spread. For those who dabble in such things.
2 minute warning. Bears will have 3rd and short coming back from the break.
No idea what Tarik Cohen was doing on that punt return. Have to run up there and fair catch it.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 17, 2017
Adam points out the reason the Bears started so deep. Another youngster with a lesson that needs to be learned.
Diggs almost had his second interception. And he would’ve taken it back for a TD. Instead the ball slips through and Wright has a first down.
Slay comes up with the interception. His second. Nail officially in coffin.
20-10 is the final. Make sure you tune in to 720 WGN for the postgame show with Hamp, OB and Koz.
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