Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes on consecutive possessions and the defense made a key stop late to preserve a 20-13 win over the Lions Sunday at Soldier Field.
With the victory, the Bears (4-5) snapped a four-game losing streak and leapfrogged the Lions (3-5-1) into third place in the NFC North.
The Lions played without quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was inactive due to fractured bones in his back, snapping a streak of 136th consecutive starts. He was replaced by backup Jeff Driskel. The news that Stafford would miss the game didn’t come until Sunday morning, hours before kickoff.
After another slow start Sunday, the Bears offense finally came to life late in the first half. Trubisky capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to a diving Ben Braunecker in the right corner of the end zone, giving the Bears a 7-6 lead with :25 remaining in the half.
Trubisky completed 7 of 8 passes for 66 yards on the drive, which came after the offense had been limited to 25 yards and one first down on 15 plays on their first four possessions, all of which resulted in punts.
Braunecker’s first career touchdown was the first TD the Bears have scored in the first half in five games—since Chase Daniel’s 10-yard pass to Tarik Cohen Sept. 29 in a 16-6 win over the Vikings at Soldier Field.
The Bears defense held the Lions to two Matt Prater field goals of 22 and 54 yards in the first half. The first came on the game’s opening possession as Driskel completed 5 of 6 passes for 56 yards.
The Bears took control early in the third quarter, as Trubisky threw touchdown passes of nine yards to Cohen and 24 yards to Taylor Gabriel in a 2:47 span, widening the margin to 20-6.
Gabriel’s TD was set up by Nick Kwiatkoski's first career interception. Kwiatkoski, who entered the game late in the first quarter after Danny Trevathan exited with an elbow injury, picked off Driskel’s pass over the middle and returned it four yards to the Lions’ 25.
The Lions cut the deficit to 20-13 on Driskel’s 47-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kenny Golladay with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter. Driskel scrambled to his right and heaved the ball deep to Golladay. Kyle Fuller was in coverage on the play but stumbled to the ground.
Trailing 20-13 late, the Lions marched from their own 10 to the Bears' 25 but Driskel's desperation pass into the end zone fell incomplete as time expired.
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