Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 25 of 33 passes for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the Lions cruised to a 20-10 win over the Chicago Bears on Saturday afternoon at Ford Field in Detroit.
Wide receiver T.J. Jones and tight end Eric Ebron each hauled in touchdown passes from Stafford. Detroit (8-6) earned its second victory in a row to bolster its chances of reaching the postseason for the second straight year.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 31 of 46 passes for 314 yards and one touchdown in a losing effort. Trubisky was intercepted three times, including twice by cornerback Darius Slay and once in the end zone by safety Quandre Diggs.
Late in the fourth quarter, Stafford, who has completed over 80 percent of his passes in the past three games, was slow to his feet after taking a big hit from Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks.
“I’m OK,” Stafford said after the game. “I probably should have just taken the sack and let the clock run out. Wish I would have thrown it away, I’m good though.”
Chicago (4-10) lost for the sixth time in the past seven games and dropped to 2-5 on the road. The Bears reached double-digit losses for the fourth season in a row, including the past three seasons under coach John Fox.
Lions kicker Matt Prater opened the scoring with a 48-yard field goal with 12:03 to go in the first quarter. He doubled Detroit’s lead with a 31-yard field goal to open the second quarter.
Detroit made it 13-0 when Stafford found Jones for a 3-yard touchdown with 6:10 remaining in the second quarter. The score marked the first touchdown of the season for Jones, a fourth-year player out of Notre Dame.
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Chicago cut the deficit to 13-3 on a 41-yard field goal by Mike Nugent with seven seconds to go before halftime.
In the third quarter, Detroit again turned to its passing game. Stafford hit Ebron for an 8-yard score to increase the lead to 20-3. The play secured Stafford’s fourth season with at least 25 touchdown passes.
Trubisky tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Benny Cunningham late in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring. The sequence capped a 13-play, 92-yard drive that chewed 6:51 off the clock.
Running back Theo Riddick led the Lions on the ground with eight carries for 49 yards before he left with a wrist injury. Meanwhile, Detroit’s defense limited Bears running back Jordan Howard to 37 yards on 10 carries.