The Bears find ways to keep things interesting.
In a must win situation against the Lions, the Bears forced four turnovers on defense and special teams and scored only 16 points.
Winning 26-24 over the Lions isn’t something that will turn heads, but the Bears got the job done and won their biggest game of the season.
They put themselves in the spot to possibly make the playoffs. They now need the Vikings to either lose or tie to the Packers to have a chance at making the playoffs.
If that happens, the Bears would travel to San Francisco next week to play the 49ers.
The Bears controlled this game right up until the last two minutes in the first half.
Up 20-3, the Bears had scored prior on a one-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte and a 40-yard field goal by Olindo Mare.
But then the Bears went to the prevent defense and let the Lions marched right down the field on 12 plays. Matthew Stafford found Kris Durham for a 25-yard touchdown strike.
The Bears were up 20-10 at the half, but the Lions had plenty of momentum heading into the break.
They went down the field on their first drive of the second half, putting together a nine play, 80-yard drive. Tight end Will Heller reeled in a 10-yard touchdown pass, which was his first touchdown catch since 2010.
The Bears added two more field goals and held a 26-17 lead with 10:47 remaining in the game.
But once again the Lions put together another impressive drive. The Lions took nine plays to drive 95 yards down the field for a touchdown. WR Brian Robiskie reeled in a nine-yard touchdown catch to make the game 26-24 with roughly seven minutes left.
The Bears punted their following drive. Then the Lions did the same as CB Tim Jennings deflected a pass intended for Kris Durham on third down.
The Bears used eight plays to gain 37 yards and forced the Lions to use all of their remaining timeouts. Cutler kneeled it two times with two minutes remaining and the rest was history.
It certainly wasn’t the way the Bears wanted to win, but they did some good things on bothsides of the ball.
Cutler completed 18 of 31 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown.
Forte rushed 24 times for 103 yards and one touchdown despite playing through a right ankle injury.
Wide receivers Earl Bennett and Alshon Jeffery combined for nine receptions and 185 yards and one touchdown. Bennett scored the first touchdown of the game halfway through the first quarter on a screen pass that he took 60 yards for the score.
Brandon Marshall was held to just five receptions for 42 yards on 14 targets. Cutler and Marshall seemed to be out of sync for most of the afternoon.
LB Nick Roach led the Bears’ defense with seven tackles, while S Anthony Walters was second on the team with six.
CB Tim Jennings added his ninth interception of the season. DE Israel Idonije sacked Stafford and forced a fumble that Julius Peppers recovered.
WR Joe Anderson continued his impressive special teams as he stripped Lion’s RB Joique Bell. Eric Weems recovered the fumble.
The Bears did their part today despite such a close ending on the scoreboard.
They now have to hope for a Vikings loss or tie against Green Bay.
As weird as it sounds, Chicago Bears nation will be pulling for the Packers or as I like to call it rooting against the Vikings.
The Bears lost the control of their own destiny a few weeks ago, but they did what they had to today.
Here’s to hoping everything goes right for the Bears later this afternoon.