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Bears vs Lions final score: Chicago gives away win to Detroit, loses 17-20

The Chicago Bears were penalized into oblivion on Sunday versus the Lions

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


The Chicago Bears lost to the Detroit Lions un Sunday by a score of 17-20, but it wasn’t because they were outplayed by a superior team. With the game on the line and when it mattered the most, the Bears found ways to get penalized over and over and over, and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to the tun of 11 penalties for 139 yards.

And a lot of that happened in the 4th quarter when the Bears had the game well within their grasp. When you throw in yet another game with questionable clock management (see: offensive plays just prior to the 2:00 warning in the 4th quarter), you have to wonder just how well John Fox has his arms wrapped around this injury- and suspended-laden football team.

Quarterback Matt Barkley had another good football game in relief of injured Jay Cutler, and tried everything he could in the 4th quarter to secure a win for Chicago.

But discipline is paramount in the NFL, and the Bears just couldn’t keep from shooting themselves in the feet in the second half on Sunday.

The Bears fall to 3-10 on the season, and still have the Packers, Redskins, and Vikings remaining.


Matt Barkley: 20/32, 212 yards, 1 TD

Jordan Howard: 13 rushes, 86 yards | 2 receptions, 24 yards

Cameron Meredith: 6 receptions, 72 yards, 1 TD

Sacks: Nick Kwiatkoski (1), Akiem Hicks (1), Mitch Unrein (1)

Pick-6: Cre’Von LeBlanc

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