Falling to the Detroit Lions after leading 26 to 14 with four minutes and fifteen seconds left in the game is a new and historic low for the Chicago Bears. But they've found so many different ways to lose games during the Matt Eberflus era that this latest didn't surprise me at all.
According to Doug Colletti, ESPN 1000's statistics guru via @WaddleandSilvy, since 1932, no NFL team that had a plus-three turnover margin and over forty minutes in time of possession had ever lost a game. Teams meeting that criteria were 48-0 until the Bears blew it yesterday in Detroit.
The Lions dominated the game on third downs (8/11-72.7% to 5/13-38.5%), and they managed a few more yards (338 to 334) in just 19:36 time of possession. Chicago was penalized 6 times for 69 yards, while Detroit was flagged 5 for 25... another game where Eberflus’ team was penalized more than their opponent.
At his initial press conference on January 31, 2022, general manager Ryan Poles said, "We're going to take the North and never give it back," but the man he hired to coach his team has yet to win a division game. Eberflus is now 0-9 against the NFC North and 6-22 overall. His Bears don't coach to win; they coach not to lose, and that conservative approach is nearly impossible to overcome.
Let's look at the Bears' playing time breakdowns and a few individual stats.
Justin Fields played a decent football game in his first action in a month. He threw for 169 yards on 16 completions in 23 attempts (69.6%), with one touchdown, and a passer rating of 105.2. He was also sacked twice, including the final play of the game, where he lost the ball that was knocked out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Fields was the game's leading rusher with 18 runs for 104 yards.
DJ Moore led the Bears with 7 catches for 96 yards and 1 TD.
Khalil Herbert had 16 rushes for 35 yards, and he caught 2 for 6 yards.
Rookie wideout Tyler Scott had 1 reception for 4 yards and a fumble.
T.J. Edwards led the Bears with 9 tackles, and he had an interception.
Tremaine Edmunds also had a pick, along with 8 tackles.
Chicago's third interception was from Tyrique Stevenson, who also had 3 tackles on defense, and on special teams he had a tackle and a forced fumble.
Jack Sanborn had 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and a sack.
Montez Sweat had the Bears' other sack, 2 tackles, and a TFL.
*The above image has players who only played in the third phase.
Trenton Gill had 2 punts for a 45.5 average, with a touchback that dropped his net average to 35.5.
Cairo Santos was 4 for 4 on field goals and 2 for 2 on PATs.
DeMarquis Gates had a fumble recovery.
To check out the complete Bears vs. Lions box score, I find that ESPN has an easy-to-navigate site, so hit that link if you want to see all the numbers.
All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.