Detroit Lions move closer to NFL Playoffs with 20-17 win

Lions come from behind against Chicago Bears for 9th win of the season

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

17th December, 2016     0

The Detroit Lions continued their surprising season with another 4th quarter come from behind win against the Chicago Bears 20-17 at Ford Field on Sunday.    The win moved the Lions to a 9-4 record and a 2 game lead in the North Division with just 3 games remaining.    They will now face the New York Giants (9-4) and Dallas Cowboys (11-2) both on the road before returning to Ford Field against the Green Bay Packers (7-6) on New Years Day. 

Probably the only real big news coming out of the game was that Matt Stafford hurt his passing hand and was forced to run in a touchdown for the win.   It was his first rushing touchdown of the 2016 campaign.   Stafford would have his normal day passing completing 21 out of 35 passes for just 200 yards and one costly interception.  The game would feature a ton of penalties through out the afternoon on a snowy day in downtown Detroit.   61,725 fans would make the trek to Ford Field to watch their hometown team keep moving to the playoffs. 

The Chicago Bears playing with their 3rd string quarterback Matt Barkley would hang around with Detroit all afternoon and took the lead in the fourth quarter on a 24 yard interception for a touchdown.  This would lead to Stafford having to move the Lions quickly down the field and the winning touchdown with just 3:17 left in the game.   Detroit would have almost a 10 minute advantage in possession of the football.   This promises to be an interesting December.   Detroit realistically needs to win one of the remaining roads games to have a lock on winning the division.   I think the time has come.  


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