The momentum the Bears (2-4) have shown in the fourth quarter stretch the last few games really made me believe that they could come back to win yesterday’s game. Chicago had a couple opportunities to lock a victory, shop but penalties and bizarre calls did not make it any easier for them. The Bears struggled defensively to contain Quarterback, Matthew Stafford and Wide Reciever Calvin Johnson and ultimately that cost them the game as the Bears fell to the Lions 34-37.
The game was exciting with a lot of action and scoring for both sides but in the fourth quarter it came down to Chicago Kicker Robbie Gould, who tied up the game to send it into overtime with a 29 yard field goal. In overtime, Lions when Stafford connected with Johnson on a 57 yard play that set Kicker Matt Prater up for his 27 yard field goal – securing a Detroit victory. Here’s the key stats and “play of the game” that you’ll need to know regarding this game below.
Key Chicago Player Stats:
Running Back, Jeremy Langford, one yard touchdown
Running Back, Matt Forte, three receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown
Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery started after being out four weeks with a hamstring injury and it didn’t appear that his leg was bothering him any as he had eight receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown.
Quarterback Jay Cutler had 353 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Cutler Chicagoans all know and love would have had a full-blown meltdown after throwing an interception, but this new Cutler we’re seeing managed to recover and continue to drive the ball down the field.
What everyone will be talking about this week:
The infamous TD/INT call that was reversed…
The Lions turned a turnover into a touchdown on a play that made many scratch their heads in the first half of the game. With less than a minute remaining in the second quarter, Detroit Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw to Wide Receiver Golden Tate in the end zone and Tate lost control of the ball. Chicago’s Jonathan Anderson ended up picking it up for the interception. The officials originally ruled the play a touchback and awarded possession to the Bears, but ended up reversing the call upon further review. Check it out for yourself here.
Why does this matter? Well, it has become almost impossible to understand what equals a catch in the NFL over the last few years. See here or here, for further confusion and head-scratching. Thanks refs!
Bears have bye week and will return to the field against the Minnesota Vikings (3-2) at home on November 1st and 12 PM Central. I would love to predict a victory but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I clearly have given the Bears too much credit on previous games so I’m going to be cautious this time around. Check back next Monday for some Bears news.