Lions keep pace in NFC North with win in Chicago

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The Lions are still looking up at the Vikings in the NFC North, but they stayed alive today with a hard-fought win in Chicago.

The 27-24 victory, which improved the Lions to 6-4 as the Vikings improved to 8-2, didn’t come easy: The Bears jumped out to an early lead and stayed competitive throughout, missing a potentially game-tying field goal with three seconds left.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford shook off an early fumble to turn in a strong game, completing 21 of 31 passes for 299 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was solid if not spectacular, passing for 179 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions while also rushing for 53 yards, including a crucial fourth-down conversion that helped the Bears get into range for that potentially game-tying field goal.

But in the end it was Lions kicker Matt Prater who missed a 52-yard field goal, and Bears kicker Connor Barth who missed a 46-yard field goal. That was the difference, and it saved the Lions’ playoff chances as they prepare to host the Vikings on Thanksgiving.

48 responses to “Lions keep pace in NFC North with win in Chicago

  1. Almost made the game tying field goal!

    Haha where’s that Bears fan that says he’s a Packers fan and talks crap on every Lions article?!

  2. Bears have 2 games, Browns and 9’ers to improve on last year’s 3 & 13 season. Plenty of time to start the re-rebuild of the rebuild.

  3. It was a little closer than I had hoped, but a win is a win. These slow starts the past couple of weeks make me thankful to have Stafford, knowing we’ll never be out of the game!

    #ONEPRIDE

  4. When will Fox be asked to vacate his coaching position? How many games will the bears need to lose because of bad calls or a team that doesn’t show discipline as Kyle did today.

  5. as a pats fan from mass living in Chicago where my wife is from, ill quote Bill Belichick who says ” a win is a win.”

    Except this was rubbish. How do you allow Trubisky to get a 1st down on that 4th and 13?! Detroit is lucky Forbath missed the field goal attempt by a MILE.

  6. coltluger, I figured you’d crawl out of your hole. Why don’t you make racial disparaging remarks against the city of Detroit again, while posting right afterwards that you are a “veteran” (which is doubtful) as a pity ploy?

    Disgusting.

  7. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    coltluger, I figured you’d crawl out of your hole. Why don’t you make racial disparaging remarks against the city of Detroit again, while posting right afterwards that you are a “veteran” (which is doubtful) as a pity ploy?

    Disgusting.
    ====================
    You mad, bro?

  8. Da Bears look better every week…..they need the high draft pick more than he win, this year is lost. The new coaching staff will have more talent.

  9. These are exactly the games the Bears need right now. Keep me entertained, chance to win in the end, coach making terrible coaching decisions to cost him his job, and Mitchell looking better and better each week. End result…..top 10 draft pick, Fox fired and rebuild the offense in the offseason for more weapons for the kid. Today was a good day!

  10. coltluger says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    If by keeping pace you mean two games behind
    ………..
    Lions are undefeated in the division and the Vikings are not. Slice it however you want.

  11. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm
    ninefingers9, I guess cheering for injuries to the opposing team is the Vikings way. Either way, The Lions are still going to sweep the Vikings this season. Gobble gobble!
    ——
    I couldn’t care less about injuries for peeps who make tens of millions of dollars. Give me a 1/32 of Stafford’s pay, and you can take half my spleen!

  12. @Navyvandal….actually, Forbath missed two kicks today…neither was by a mile…ine hit the goalposts. Luckily, the Vikings didn’t need the kicks….. Bears kicker is Barth.

  13. The Lions are like a car with a hit-or-miss engine. At some moments, they shine and play so well; at others, they sputter and cough and backfire. Worst of all, there isn’t any rhyme or reason to them, no pattern to their inconsistency, no “one thing” to point a finger at and say “a-ha! that’s it!” They’ve had the same coaching staff for several years, the same schemes, and a solid core of players to rely upon, yet on one play, they’re the Pats, on the next, the Browns.
    Waiting to see which Lions team will show up on Thursday.

  14. darkneptune73, The Lions already beat the Vikings IN MINNESOTA. At your house. And don’t tell me they were any different because Keenum was your QB for that game too, the D was the same, and you had a better RB for part of the game when Cook was playing.

    This time, it’s in Ford Field.

    Good luck Minnesota.

  15. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm
    darkneptune73, The Lions already beat the Vikings IN MINNESOTA. At your house. And don’t tell me they were any different because Keenum was your QB for that game too, the D was the same, and you had a better RB for part of the game when Cook was playing.

    This time, it’s in Ford Field.

    Good luck Minnesota.
    ======================
    Luck will have nothing to do with it. I hope Stafford likes the taste of turf, because he’ll be eating a lot of it.

  16. larryboodry says:

    November 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Would someone explain to me again why the Bears let Robbie Gould leave?

    Answer: MONEY

  17. I know I’m going to get some grief for the following statement, but I don’t care. Jim Caldwell is one of the most underrated head coaches in the NFL. He has brought stability to this organization, which really needed it. He has brought in a great team (JBC & Teryl Austin are both serious head coaching candidates). And Matthew Stafford has grown to be possibly the best QB in the NFC, and easily top 5 in the NFL.

    I know this season hasn’t been perfect, but don’t you all have the feeling that we’re on to something special here? If we beat the Vikings again on Thursday, it’s really on!

    #ONEPRIDE

  18. @ theyearofthecat1

    As a Lions fan, I do have to disagree with your statement on Caldwell. The running game is not improving, it’s regressing. Defensive calls are suspect. Offensive line, that’s healthy, still can’t make running lanes. This coach is OK with inconsistence. The Lions will never advance with Caldwell at the helm. I wish I was wrong but he’s mediocre at best. Fan since the 60’s

  19. ocdn, I would like to see a little more consistency as well, but we are far better than we were before Caldwell. Some of that is on Stafford and his growth and maturation as a QB, but the staff deserves some credit as well.

    Also our RBs don’t exactly light the world on fire, and I don’t know if you can fully blame the coaching staff for that.

  20. Caldwell owns Zimmer. Stafford owns the Vikings D. We have swept them 2 out of the last 3 years for crying out loud! After the victory Thursday, we will have swept them 3 out of the last 4 years! I can hear Jim Caldwell now—“Who’s yo daddy Zimm?!?”

    Year O’ THE CAT!!

  21. Over the top Lions fans are not nearly as annoying as over the top packer fans. Probably because the lions were a dumpster fire before Stafford. The last time the lions were fun to watch Barry was still playing.

    When Cook went down during the first game; the vikes did not bounce back; and the lions escaped the bank with a win.

    Vikes 35-17. Lions score a TD on opening drive then 10 more during garbage time.

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