Live blog: Bears at Lions

We’re live blogging the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions.

Joe Romano December 16, 20173:30 PM

Bears and Lions about to kickoff a Saturday special!

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Here’s some pregame reading from Adam Hoge: 

https://wgnradio.com/category/adam-hoges-bears-blog/

Joe Romano December 16, 20173:30 PM

Lions will receive the opening kickoff.

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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.

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I seriously do not understand how a guy like Chris Prosinski starts for a rebuilding team

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And of course once I say it, he gets hurt. Yeeesh

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Lions have marched into Bears territory fairly quickly. Prater out for a 48 yard FG.

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Makes it with ease. 3-0 Lions.

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Not much to talk about the first drive for the Bears. 

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O’Donnell out to punt already.

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Lions in Bears territory again.

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LaMarr Houston forces a holding penalty and gets a sack on back to back plays

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3rd & 22 for Detroit

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Short gain and a punt back to the Bears

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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.

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Trubsiky sacked on 3rd & 7. No life for Bears offense in the first two possessions. 

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Lions are 3-for-3 in getting across the 50 on offense.

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Good balance of run and pass on the drive for Detroit. They’re into the redzone.

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1st & 10 from the 13 yardline. 

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Bears with a couple nice stop. Prater out for his second field goal. 

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They’ll let the clock run out in the first quarter before that, though. 3-0 Lions.

Joe Romano December 16, 20174:08 PM

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*

Joe Romano December 16, 20174:09 PM

Lions dominating time of possession so far. They had it for nearly 11 of the first 15 minutes.

Joe Romano December 16, 20174:14 PM

Glover Quin has has had a really good year. Love that name too. 

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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.

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Bears make the stop on 3rd down, but a defensive holding on Amukamara gives Detroit a fresh set of downs.

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Field mics pick up Matthew Stafford yelling “Kardashian”. Could be the new “Omaha”.

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3rd & 18 for the Lions.

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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. 

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Bryce Callhan really struggled in coverage on Jones. Jackson was over the top but couldn’t help much either. 

Joe Romano December 16, 20174:26 PM

Lions inside the five now. 

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Bears take a timeout. Lions have 3rd & 1 from the 4 yard line.

Joe Romano December 16, 20174:30 PM

Touchdown Lions. Stafford to Jones. 12-0 Detroit. Extra point pending.

Joe Romano December 16, 20174:31 PM

T.J. Jones btw. Detroit has multiple Joneses for those who were wondering.

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Cohen with a HUGE return!… But there’s a flag way back at the 14.

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The drive would have started inside Detroit’s 15 if not for Houston-Carson’s holding penalty.

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Trubisky to Wright to convert a 3rd down. Bears needed that. If only to keep the ball out of the hand of Stafford.

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Trubisky to Bellamy for another first down. Three on this drive. 

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Two minute warning. 13-0 Lions. 

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Ziggy Ansah forces a hold from Charles Leno Jr. Ansah always causes problem for the Bears.

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Bears will have a 3rd & 7 from Detroit’s 42.

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Incomplete pass. Lions will get the ball back with about a minute left and two timeouts at their disposal.

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Big play down the sideline negated by offensive pass interference.

Joe Romano December 16, 20174:53 PM

The penalty was on Kenny Golladay who played at NIU.

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Bears recover a fumble!

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Just 6 seconds left though.

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Clock reset to 10 seconds.

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12 seconds now. 

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The ref can’t make up his mind!

Joe Romano December 16, 20174:55 PM

Bears are at the Detroit 27.

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Nugent kicks a FG. 13-3. Two seconds left until halftime.

Joe Romano December 16, 20175:12 PM

Bears start the 2nd half with the ball.

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Darius Slay with an interception. Lions with great field position. 

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Lions run a screen play against the Bears blitz on 3rd down. They convert and are now inside the 10 yard line.

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Good throw and catch from Stafford to Ebron. 19-3, Lions. Extra point pending.

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Trubsiky just threw a dart to Kendall Wright. 2nd & 20 becomes 3rd & 1…

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And the Bears convert with a run to the fullback.

Joe Romano December 16, 20175:27 PM

Quick, anybody know the name of their fullback? Also, how many teams even carry a FB anymore?

Joe Romano December 16, 20175:28 PM

It’ll go down as just a 3-yard completion, but Tarik Cohen just made a sweet one-handed catch. 

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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.

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Three and out for Detroit. Again, Bears needed that.

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Penalties on unreturnable punts make no sense. Just saying. 

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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.

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Marcus Wheaton is still on the team?

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Solid 3rd down conversion from Trubsiky to… you guessed it. Marcus Wheaton.

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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.

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Lions all over the read option as they stop Trubsiky in the backfield. 

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Diggs with the interception. That may stick a fork in this one. 

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Sam Acho cleans up with the sack after a few other Bears started to flush Stafford out of the pocket. 

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Another sack, this time by LaMarr Houston. Good game from Houston today. Lions will punt.

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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.

Joe Romano December 16, 20175:59 PM

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. 

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Bottom line, don’t ever throw points away. He’s young. He’ll learn. But it still needs to be said. End rant. 

Joe Romano December 16, 20176:01 PM

Josh Sitton now injured. Not sure how many OLinemen they have available on the bench.

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Maybe Grasu comes in and Whitehair moves to guard. Not ideal…

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Under 10 minutes to play. Lions lead 20-3.

Joe Romano December 16, 20176:04 PM

Confirmed as the broadcast returned from commercial. Grasu in at center. No offensive linemen left on the bench. 

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Bears moving backwards. Holding call followed by delay of game. 1st & 17 from their own goal line basically. 

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Trubsiky with strike to Wheaton gets the first down and a whole lot more breathing room. 

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Back to back really good throws from MT10. Maybe he read my rant on those tablet they use on the sidelines. 

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Another good one. Bears are rolling. Now across the 50.

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4 straight completions for Trubsiky.

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On 4th & 6 Trubisky scrambles and comes up just short, but a penalty gives them a first down.

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Benny Cunningham makes a couple of shifty moves and gets into the endzone off of a Trubisky pass. 

Joe Romano December 16, 20176:17 PM

20-10 Lions. 2:32 left.

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Bears going for the onside kick.

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They decide to pooch it to the opposing 30 yard line instead. 

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A couple first downs should wrap this up. 

Joe Romano December 16, 20176:22 PM

3rd & 7. 2:20 left. Bears down to one timeout. 

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Quirky play ends up with the Bears in the endzone. I doubt this ends with the Bears scoring points. 

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Yep. Incomplete pass.

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An excellent punt pins the Bears inside their own 5. 64 yard net.

Joe Romano December 16, 20176:25 PM

Bears have a chance to make things close and *ahem* cover the spread. For those who dabble in such things.

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2 minute warning. Bears will have 3rd and short coming back from the break. 

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Adam points out the reason the Bears started so deep. Another youngster with a lesson that needs to be learned.

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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.

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Slay comes up with the interception. His second. Nail officially in coffin. 

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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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You can also listen here: https://wgnradio.com/on-air/

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The Hoge & Jahns postgame podcast will be released later this evening: https://wgnradio.com/category/hoge-and-jahns/