Jimmy Clausen's first NFL start in three years was an interesting one. Getting the start in place of a benched Jay Cutler, Clausen played pretty well, though plagued by seven drops (that's the FOX count) and aided on a penalty in the second quarter as well as three takeaways by the Bears' defense. It wasn't enough as Clausen's final throw was picked off by Glover Quin, and the Lions took the game, 20-14.
The Lions started with a long touchdown drive, and you thought maybe it was going to be another one of those games. But the Lions muffed a punt return, and the Bears converted it instantly into a touchdown on a lob to Matt Forte, as they headed to the half tied at seven.
Matt Prater kicked a field goal to give the Lions the lead again at 10-7, but the Bears answered later in the third quarter with a twenty-yard touchdown strike to Alshon Jeffery to take a lead, 14-10. The Lions countered midway through the fourth quarter, as Tim Jennings kept the Lions drive alive with a deep pass interference call on fourth down, which Joique Bell converted into a touchdown. Matt Prater added his second field goal with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter, and that took care of all the scoring.
What shouldn't be lost in this is Dominic Raiola's stomping on the ankle of rookie defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, for which he'll almost certainly be hearing from the league. Willie Young was also lost with an Achilles injury, and we'll let you know if he's expected to play in the Vikings game next week.
The Bears finished the home portion of their schedule at 2-6.
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Bears Quick Stats:
Jimmy Clausen: 23/35, 181 yards, 2 TD, INT - 77.0 passer rating; 2 carries, 7 yards
Matt Forte: 19 carries, 55 yards; 6 receptions, 40 yards, TD
Alshon Jeffery: 6 receptions, 72 yards, TD
Marquess Wilson: 7 receptions, 66 yards
Lions Quick Stats:
Matthew Stafford: 22/39, 243 yards, 2 INT - 53.7 passer rating; 1 carry, 5 yards
Joique Bell: 13 carries, 74 yards, TD; 2 receptions, 13 yards
Reggie Bush: 7 carries, 54 yards, TD; 6 receptions, 44 yards
Calvin Johnson: 6 receptions, 103 yards
Golden Tate: 5 receptions, 62 yards