When talking about the Bears' MVPs for this game, you have to go pretty far down the list to find the usual suspects of Matt Forte and Jay Cutler. On back to back Lions' drives, Matthew Stafford was picked off for touchdowns. Devin Hester was punted to three times - one went to midfield, another went for a touchdown, and another midfield return was called back for a penalty.
Of course, a dominant defensive and special teams showing by the Bears will be largely overshadowed by the brawl that erupted when Stafford attempted to pop DJ Moore's head off like a kindergartner on a daffodil and Moore retaliated, earning him an ejection. Of course, in another twist of appropriateness, one of the timely interceptions was caught by... his replacement, Corey Graham. Add in two fumbles by Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, one of which led to Matt Forte's touchdown in the first quarter, and the Lions were in a hole the Bears' defense just wouldn't let them out of. Amazing what some actual defensive pressure will do for a team.
Quick, victorious numbers after the jump.
Jay Cutler: 9/19, 123 yards - 68.5 passer rating - fumble lost
Matt Forte: 18 carries, 64 yards, TD
Marion Barber: 13 carries, 27 yards
Earl Bennett: 6 receptions, 81 yards
Charles Tillman/Major Wright: INT TD each
Devin Hester: Punt Return TD
Sacks: Julius Peppers, Anthony Adams
Matthew Stafford: 33/63, 329 yards, TD, 4 INT - 46.3 passer rating (But he was wearing gloves! MVP!)
Maurice Morris: 10 carries, 44 yards
Nate Burleson: 9 targets, 8 receptions, 83 yards
Calvin Johnson: 19 targets (that is not a typo), 7 receptions, 81 yards
Tony Scheffler: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 37 yards, TD
Sacks: Cliff Avril, Louis Delmas
Late Add: TOP: DET 30:54 / CHI 29:06