Week 8 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 19, Detroit Lions 13
What you need to know
The Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions were playing for first place in the NFC North. The last time these two teams faced off for first place in their division was in 1991. The game went into overtime and it was the Bearsí defense that sealed their victory with an interception return for a touchdown.
The first half belonged to the Bearsí offense. After being forced to punt on their first two possessions, the Bears controlled the clock in the first half of play with three scoring drives. The first was a drive that started at the Bearsí one yard line and Orton completed five out of six passes for 99 yards, finishing with a 23 yard touchdown pass to Muhsin Muhammad. The drive took up six minutes and two seconds. The second drive ended with a 38 yard field goal by Robbie Gould and took up five minutes and 57 seconds. Gould made a second field goal of 20 yards to end the first half. It was an impressive first half for Kyle Orton who made 11 completions for 184 yards. He finished the game with 17 completions out of 31 attempts for 230 yards.
After putting in an outstanding half, WR Mark Bradley left the game with a knee injury. Up to that point he had made five receptions for 88 yards including a beautiful 54 yard catch that set up the Muhsin Muhammad touchdown.
Thomas Jones rushed for 72 yards on his 22 carries. He was the sole Bearsí running back to get any touches until the fourth quarter when he had to leave the game with a rib injury. What was most telling about the Bearsí rushing game was that Cedric Benson did not even touch the ball in regulation play. His three carries came during overtime, and he was effective rushing for a total of 35 yards. Adrian Peterson saw his four carries for eight yards in the fourth quarter in relief of Jones.
Jeff Garcia made his second start as a Detroit Lion. While he started out slowly, his play in the second half kept the Lions in the game, leading the Lions on two scoring drives. It was his interception on a poorly thrown pass across his body that Chicago returned for a touchdown to win the game in overtime. He finished the game with 23 completions out of 35 attempts for 197 yards.
Kevin Jones did find some running room against the Bears, and scored the first rushing touchdown against them in ten quarters of play. He rushed for 66 yards on his 18 carries. Shawn Bryson and Artose Pinner were not as involved in the rushing game as they have been in previous games and added only 14 additional rushing yards between them. Though to Brysonís credit he was heavily involved in the passing game and made five receptions for 40 yards.
With Roy Williams and Charles Rogers out yet another game, Scott Vines was the primary beneficiary of their absence. He made a 27 yard reception during the Lionsí opening drive and from there on out was the Lionsí leading receiver with five receptions for 61 yards. Mike Williams made three receptions for 27 yards, but the rookie is inconsistent in his play. He dropped a pass and was called for a false start penalty.
What you ought to know
Orton had the best game of his NFL career game to date, at least the best half. In the second half of the game it was the Lions who did all of the scoring. He was nearly intercepted on his first passing attempt of the game. Through the first half, the only receiver that Orton really keyed in on was Mark Bradley. He made a great pass to him for a 54 yard gain in the beginning minutes of the second quarter, but was sacked on the very next play. Orton orchestrated a scoring drive starting at the Bears' one yard line, completing five out six passes for 99 yards, finishing with a 23 yard touchdown pass to Muhsin Muhammad. He followed that with two drives that ended with Bearsí field goals. During the second half the Bears focused on ball control and Orton was not as accurate with his passes, and was clearly missing Mark Bradley.
|RB Thomas Jones, Rush: 22 - 72 - 0, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (5 targets)|
Jones was the featured back for the Bears until the fourth quarter and he made the most of it with 22 carries for 72 yards. He was also active in the passing game and made three receptions for 25 yards. Jones made a 15 yard catch on a play action pass. He made a 17 yard gain during the second quarter on a run to the outside. Jones made a costly fumble during the fourth quarter that was recovered by the Lions. Jones left the field with a rib injury in the fourth quarter and even though he was seen having his ribs taped up, did not return to the game.
Peterson saw all of his carries in the fourth quarter in relief of Thomas Jones in the fourth quarter.
Benson did not see the field until overtime, when Thomas Jones had to leave for a series because of a rib injury. He was not the Bearsí first answer to their running back need as Adrian Peterson was used first. He rushed three times for 35 yards. One was a great carry of 25 yards to the outside.
Edwards made a 13 yard catch to gain a first down on a fourth down conversion attempt. Edwards had a three yard reception called back on an offensive penalty.
Bradley had an outstanding game until he was forced out of the game with a knee injury in the second quarter. He was taken off the field in a cart. Up until that point he made five receptions on his five targets for 88 yards. He made a two yard reception during the Bearsí opening drive. He made a beautiful 54 yard catch over the middle on a post play on the Bearsí scoring drive.
Muhammad made a 23 yard touchdown reception during the second quarter. He had a pass go through his hands in the third quarter. Muhammad was targeted too high at the end of the fourth quarter. He was wide open during overtime, but Orton overthrew him.
Gage made a 25 yard catch near the end of the first half. He was targeted in the red zone, but the ball was thrown outside and Gage had made the cut inside. Gage made a 22 yard reception near the end of the game.
Wade was not a factor in the game, he was only targeted twice.
Clark made a seven yard reception to gain a first down in the second quarter. It was his only reception during the game.
Gould made two field goals of 38 and 20 yards in the second quarter. He also converted one extra point attempt.
The Bears had a sack on Garcia called back because of a holding penalty against the defense. Tank Johnson sacked him three plays later, holding the Lions to a field goal attempt that was no good. He was sacked a second time by Alex Brown. Kevin Jonesí rushing touchdown was the first touchdown allowed by the Bears in ten quarters. They held Jones to 66 yards and the Lions recorded a total of 93 rushing yards.
Brian Urlacher was called for pass interference during the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Brian Urlacher forced a Jeff Garcia fumble. Hunter Hillenmeyer recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown. But it was challenged by the Lions and ruled as intentional grounding by Jeff Garcia. Chicago then challenged the call but it was not overturned. The Bears were called for a roughing the passer penalty that extended a Lionsí drive in the fourth quarter. It was their play in overtime that won the game for the Bears as Charles Tillman intercepted Garcia and returned it for the winning touchdown.
|QB Jeff Garcia, Pass: 23 - 35 - 197 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 6 - 0|
Garcia made his second start as a Detroit Lion. His adequate passing stats were not all his fault as his receivers just dropped the ball on a number of occasions. Garcia put together a great drive in the third quarter leading the Lions downfield completing five out of six passes for 43 yards and the drive ended with Kevin Jonesí rushing touchdown. Garcia was sacked and fumbled the ball and the Bears recovered it for a touchdown. The play was challenged by the Lions, and the ruling on the field was overturned. Garcia scrambled and made a pass to Shawn Bryson, but it was short of the first down. He showed incredible toughness taking several huge hits and bouncing back each time. In overtime, Garcia threw an interception on a pass that he threw across his body that was returned by Charles Tillman for a touchdown and the win.
|RB Kevin Jones, Rush: 18 - 66 - 1, Rec: 5 - 13 - 0 (6 targets)|
Jones made a four yard gain up the middle to start the game for the Lions. He found running room against the Bears and made a nice cut in the first quarter for a nine yard gain. On one of his targets, Jones dropped what should have been an easy catch. Jones broke a hole to gain 16 yards in the third quarter and on the same drive, scored a six yard touchdown.
|RB Shawn Bryson, Rush: 4 - 6 - 0, Rec: 5 - 40 - 0 (5 targets)|
Bryson was stopped for a loss of one on his first carry of the game. He was more efficient in the passing game for the Lions and made 5 receptions for 40 yards. He made a five yard catch on a shovel pass from Garcia, but it was two yards short of gaining a first down.
Pinner made his first carry during the first quarter, and gained two yards on a run. He had an additional run of six yards in the third quarter, following a ten yard screen catch.
|WR Scott Vines, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 5 - 61 - 0 (8 targets)|
Vines started at WR for the Lions and made a 27 yard leaping grab during the Lionsí opening drive. He made back to back receptions during the Lionsí second drive of the game to gain 13 yards and a first down. Vines had a seven yard gain on an end around carry. Vines was targeted in the end zone, but the ball was knocked away by Charles Tillman. Vines had a 23 yard catch near the end of the third quarter.
Garcia targeted Williams during the first quarter, but the pass was thrown too high. Williams dropped his second target. He made his first catch near the end of the third quarter, a ten yarder over the middle. Williams was called for a false start penalty in the fourth quarter. He made a ten yard reception two plays later. He made a seven yard catch in overtime, but was the target of Jeff Garciaís interception that won the game for the Bears.
Martinez made an 11 yard catch during the second quarter, but it was one yard short of gaining a first down and the Lions were forced to punt.
Rogers was not active in the game as he is still serving his suspension.
Williams missed the game with an ankle injury.
Pollard made an eight yard reception during the first quarter. He made a seven yard catch that was short of a first down at the beginning of the third quarter. And then a 20 yard reception during the Lions' next drive.
Fitzsimmons was targeted in the first quarter, but was unable to make the catch as Garcia was just throwing the ball away.
Hanson missed a 46 yard field goal attempt on the Lionsí opening drive. On the next drive, Hanson made a 32 yard field goal. At the start of the fourth quarter, Hanson made a 30 yard field goal. He also converted one extra point attempt.
The Lions missed Shaun Rogers who was out with a knee injury. But even with Rogers out, they were able to hold Thomas Jones to 72 yards. And the Bears to a combined rushing total of 115 yards. The longest rush they allowed was to Cedric Benson who ran for 25 yards during overtime. They recorded two sacks on Kyle Orton and Kalimba Edwards recovered Thomas Jonesí fumble.
The Lions found it difficult to stop Kyle Orton and Mark Bradley in the first half of play. But defensively they tightened up in the second half, helping to keep them in the game. Dre Bly was inactive with a dislocated wrist.