In a sloppy game that featured a total of 26 penalties, the Lions prevailed thanks in part to a pair of big plays.
Calvin Johnson caught his ninth touchdown of the season, a 73-yard bomb from Matthew Stafford to start the scoring in the second quarter, putting the Lions ahead 7-0.
Despite being decimated by an abundance of false starts, the Bears still managed to head into recess with a 10-7 edge after Kellen Davis’ nine-yard score from Jay Cutler; capping off a nine-play, 98-yard drive.
It was an advantage the Bears would not hold onto very long. To begin the second half, the Lions forced a three and out, and then proceeded to take the ball 55 yards on seven plays; finishing with a Stafford to Brandon Pettigrew 18-yard hookup in the end zone for a 14-10 Lions lead.
Following a halted drive at the Lions 44, the Bears punted the ball to the Lions 12 – and then the game was taken over by Jahvid Best.
Best, who was bottled up leading to his big play, took a shotgun handoff 88 yards to paydirt. It was a play that told the story of the Bears’ night – just a step too slow for the speedy Lions.
On the play, Lance Briggs was out of place, biting on a Stafford fake, all while Chris Harris (burned on Johnson TD) and Brian Urlacher were nowhere to be found as the second and third lines of defense.
Although Chicago had the ball about two times as long as Detroit, it did not matter at Ford Field on Monday night, as the Lions showed why they are the class next to the Packers, while the Bears season takes a hard fall.
Next: 1-4 Vikings at 2-3 Bears, Sunday October 16, 8:20 ET.