Bears 20

(2-4, 1-2 away)

Lions 23

(2-4, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 20, 2002


1 2 3 4 OT T
CHI 0 10 10 0 020
DET 0 14 3 3 323

Harrington leads Lions to OT victory

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have won as many games in six weeks as they did all of last season. They still don't think anybody believes in them.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Bears: What happened to all those breaks and good karma from last year?
Good players are more important than good karma, and the Bears have been hurt by injuries. CB R.W. McQuarters was out for awhile, and he's back now but isn't playing consistently. Plus, the season-ending injury to DT Ted Washington was huge, because he helped keep those offensive linemen off the linebackers.

Question on the Lions: Has Harrington's success possibly brought Millen and Mornhinweg another year?
I believe so. GM Matt Millen probably deserves another shot, but I'm not sure if coach Marty Mornhinweg will stick around. Personnel-wise, the Lions made a great decision in drafting QB Joey Harrington. Every week, he gets better -- and he gives Detroit fans reason to be optimistic about the future.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Jason Hanson's 48-yard field goal with 10:18 left in overtime gave Detroit a 23-20 win Sunday over the Chicago Bears, who have lost four straight.

"I don't think it silences a lot of people, I really don't,'' said James Stewart, who ran for a career-high 172 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. "I really think people will still look at us as being on the bottom of the league. I really don't think this win makes people change their minds about us, but we can't worry about that.''

While the Lions (2-4) matched their win total from last season, Chicago (2-4) already has more regular-season losses than all of last year, when it won its first division title since 1990.

The victory was especially sweet for rookie quarterback Joey Harrington, who failed to lead Detroit on fourth-quarter comebacks last week against Minnesota and in his first start against Green Bay -- throwing an interception each time.

After leading 10 fourth-quarter comebacks at Oregon, Harrington now has one in the NFL after completing 16 of 30 passes for 199 yards with no TDs or interceptions.

"We've been very close a couple times and haven't pulled it out, so it's a frustrating feeling to be 2-4,'' Harrington said. "But it's a good feeling because we've been so close and we've been improving. We're really optimistic.''

The Bears scored 17 unanswered points to take a 20-14 lead midway through the third quarter.

Harrington then led a 14-play drive to pull the Lions within three late in the third. The game-tying drive -- with no timeouts left -- set up Hanson's 24-yard kick with 2 seconds left.

"These are the games we were winning last year,'' Chicago's Rosevelt Colvin said. "Now, we're losing them.''

Anthony Thomas ran for 92 yards and a TD, but fumbled twice.

Chris Chandler, starting in place of an injured Jim Miller, was 16-of-25 passing for 163 yards with one TD and one interception. He extended his own NFL record (since the 1970 merger) by starting for his seventh team.

Hanson's kick to force overtime capped a wild, 12-play drive that covered 72 yards. It started at the Detroit 22 with 2:21 left.

The Lions benefited from instant replay for the third time in the game when Harrington's 15-yard pass to Scotty Anderson at midfield was ruled a catch and fumble, not an incomplete pass by the replay official.

Five plays later, the Lions had a first-and-goal from Chicago's 2 with 34 seconds left. After Harrington was stuffed on a sneak, he spiked the ball with 11 seconds to go.

Chicago's Mike Green was called for pass interference on third down, which gave the Lions a new set of downs from the 1 with 7 seconds left.

Two plays later, a false start by Lions rookie Matt Murphy negated Larry Whigham's sack, which would've ended the game.

Harrington was relieved it didn't.

"I didn't have a clue -- I never saw the flags,'' he said. "I was on the ground, and I heard the ref coming in and yelling 'False start, false start -- no play,' and I was yelling back 'Thank you! Thank you!'''

Chicago's overtime kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Lions the ball at their own 40. Detroit ran the ball seven straight times to set up the game-winning kick.

"I didn't watch it,'' Stewart said. "I was on my knee, letting the crowd let me know what happened.''

Game notes

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was in Detroit to visit Ford Field, the site of the 2006 Super Bowl. ... Chandler, who started 14 games for Atlanta last season, has also started for Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, the Houston Oilers, the Los Angeles Rams and the Phoenix (now Arizona) Cardinals. ... Hanson was to fly to his home in Washington state Sunday night to be with his wife, who is expecting their third child. ... Detroit receiver Germane Crowell played for the first time since injuring his knee on Oct. 21, 2001, and caught two passes for 21 yards. ... Gary Moeller, fired as Detroit's head coach after the 2000 season, is the Bears' linebackers coach.

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Scoring Summary

detTD5:02James Stewart, 6 yd run
Drive info: 1 plays, 6 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 1 plays, 6 yds, 0:00
chiFG8:33Paul Edinger 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 0:57
detFG10:30Jason Hanson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 30 yds, 3:50
Drive info: 6 plays, 79 yds, 0:55
chiTD10:30Anthony Thomas, 1 yd run
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yds, 5:05
detTD1:14James Stewart, 1 yd run
Drive info: 7 plays, 16 yds, 3:31
Drive info: 6 plays, 79 yds, 0:55
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yds, 5:05
Drive info: 7 plays, 16 yds, 3:31
chiFG9:18Paul Edinger 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 26 yds, 5:07
detFG0:05Jason Hanson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 72 yds, 2:16
detFG0:37Jason Hanson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 66 yds, 7:07