By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
Lions 27 – Bears 24
Week 11 the Lions traveled to Chicago and took on the Monsters of the Midway. They had an opportunity to do something pretty special today.
NFC North has only been around since 2002. Lions have not gone undefeated on the road in the division since 1961. https://t.co/CVahV4q5S2
But they’re the Lions. We know that despite everything looking one way on paper or what they SHOULD be able to do, it never goes that way. Annnd it happened again this game. The Lions quickly found themselves down 10-0 to the Bears after quarterback Matthew Stafford got sacked and fumbled the ball. It was actually starting to look a little bleak in the 1st quarter.
Start of the 2nd quarter and the Bears had the ball. Guard Kyle Long pushed Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and was called for unnecessary roughness. Next play, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky fumbled the snap, and Lions cornerback DJ Hayden picked it up and ran it in for his first touchdown. That was a team record 7th return for a touchdown this year. The Lions scored 21 points in the 2nd quarter to put them up 21-17.
Unfortunately, the Lions weren’t able to put the Bears away so easily. After scoring a field goal to make it 24-17, the Bears answered on their next drive with a touchdown to tie the game at 24. Kicker Matt Prater was able to put the Lions up 27-24 with a 52-yard field goal.
Thankfully on the next drive, the Bears kicker missed the field goal wide right. The Lions won the game and beat all 3 division rivals on the road this season. How bout them Lions!
King Of The Pride: With another 50+ yard field goal, kicking into the wind, Legatron (aka Matt Prater) is your king of the Pride. Oh yeah, and it was another game winner. You have to love how his career has turned around. Glad he’s able to do it here in Detroit.
— Detroit (6-4) (@DetLionsFam) November 19, 2017
Honorable mention goes to DJ Hayden, with his first touchdown of the year. It got the scoring going, and lit a fire under the team.
Not King Of The Pride: Well…while he overall had a typical day for him, cornerback Darius Slay had an opportunity to put an exclamation on the Lions win by intercepting the ball. It didn’t happen. Thankfully the Bears missed their field goal, and that sealed the game. Slay was disappointed with himself and wished that there was a JUGS machine on the plane so he could practice. However, there wasn’t, but there will be other opportunities this year to add to his league high 4 INTs among cornerbacks.
Next Up: THANKSGIVING!!! The Lions host the Vikings in their traditional Thanksgiving game. This one’s a big deal. If the Lions win, it’ll give them the season sweep of the 1st place Vikings and a pretty good spot in the playoff hunt!