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10 fun facts about Bears-Lions matchup

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The Bears will host the Lions Sunday at Soldier Field. Here are 10 nuggets about the matchup and the all-time series between the teams:

(1) The Bears have won the last six games they've played against the Lions when Detroit's starting quarterback was not Matthew Stafford. They beat Dan Orlovsky twice in 2008, 27-23 and 34-7, Daunte Culpepper 37-23 in 2009, Drew Stanton 24-20 in 2010 and Jeff Driskel 20-13 and David Blough 24-20 in 2019.

(2) The Bears are 55-29-3 all-time at home against the Lions, their most home wins versus any NFL team.

(3) Including their contest against the Lions, the Bears are scheduled to kick off seven of their eight home games this season at noon on Sunday.

(4) Their Week 4 matchup against the Lions is the Bears' only game against an NFC North opponent over the first five weeks of the season.

(5) Bears receiver Allen Robinson II's four career touchdown catches against the Lions are tied for his most versus any NFL team (he also has four against the Dolphins).

(6) The top rushing performance in Bears history against the Lions came on Sept. 18, 1977 when Walter Payton ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in a 30-20 win at Soldier Field.

(7) The Bears have had 37 100-yard rushers and 14 300-yard passers all-time against the Lions, the most in both categories versus any NFL team. They are 23-14 with a 100-yard rusher and 9-5 with a 300-yard passer.

(8) The Lions' 10 kickoff returns Sept. 24, 1989 in Detroit remain the most by a Bears opponent. The Lions had so many opportunities because the Bears scored five touchdowns and four field goals in a 47-27 win.

(9) The Bears and Lions have played close games of late, with eight of the last 12 matchups—including each of the last three—decided by three or four points.

(10) The only season that both Bears-Lions games were decided in overtime was 2002 when the Lions won 23-20 in Detroit and the Bears won 20-17 in Champaign, Ill.

With the Bears preparing to play the first of five October games Sunday, senior writer Larry Mayer ranks their 10 most impressive October wins over the previous 10 seasons.

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