DETROIT (AP) -- When Jason Hanson lines up for a game-winning
kick, he prays before trying to go numb.
It worked -- for the 13th time.
Hanson kicked a 48-yard field goal with 39 seconds left -- his
fourth of the game -- to lift the Lions to a 12-10 win over the
Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Lions have won consecutive games for
the first time in three years.
Question on the Bears: Do they need to overhaul the whole offense when they turn to quarterback Rex Grossman next year?
They may need to make changes on their offensive line, but they have a good running back to possibly build around in Anthony Thomas. Next season, the ability to run the ball will be Rex's friend.
Question on the Lions: Will these back-to-back wins take some of the heat off of Matt Millen?
The win will take heat off Millen, but in regards to talent, this team still doesn't match up well against any NFL team. The Lions have to play at their best to compete with other teams, and if they don't overhaul they'll probably see the same results next season.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
"I pray. I honestly do. Not, 'God, let me let make the kick'
because there are Bears praying that I'd miss," said Hanson, who
has made all of his field goals this year. "But I pray that I take
the field without fear. I'm also trying to go numb, to be
The last time the Lions (3-6) won two straight was 2000, when
they won three in a row under Gary Moeller, who now coaches
"Nobody in that locker room is saying we're awesome," Hanson
said. "We're 3-6, but it does feel good to win two in a row."
The Bears (3-6) had a chance to win three straight for the first
time in two years and to end a road-losing streak that now stands
at 12 games.
"It's frustrating," Brian Urlacher said. "We didn't make a
play all day."
After falling behind for the first time, Detroit stalled deep in
Bears territory for the third time and had to settle for another
The Lions kept Chicago's next drive alive with two penalties on
third down, but Paul Edinger missed a 41-yard kick.
"It was just a bad kick. A real bad kick," Edinger said. "I
pulled it left."
Detroit then drove to the Bears' 36, but punted after losing 3
Following two straight defensive stands, the Lions had the ball
at their 35 with 2:27 left.
"Once we got there, I felt terrific," said Harrington, who
finished 24-of-38 for 238 yards.
After Hanson's kick, Corey Harris' diving interception at
Detroit's 38 sealed the win.
Detroit's Scotty Anderson caught five passes for a career-high
77 yards. Casey Fitzsimmons and Shawn Bryson each had five
receptions for 33 yards to help an offense that could not run.
Detroit's three running backs -- Bryson, Avon Cobourne and Olandis
Gary -- combined for 10 yards on 17 carries.
"The term 'ugly win,' I'm sure is going to surface this week,"
Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said. "You know what? We'll take them
as we can get them."
Chandler was 16-of-28 for 149 yards and a TD. His interception --
with 27 seconds left -- was thrown well behind receiver Justin Gage.
Chicago coach Dick Jauron said it was Chandler's "least-good
performance" out of his four starts this season.
"He's had better games, but they put a lot of pressure on
him," Jauron said.
Marty Booker had four receptions for 36 yards after missing
three games with a sprained ankle.
The low-scoring game was expected after the two struggling teams
got off to a lackluster start.
Chicago and Detroit failed to get a first down on the first six
drives of the game.
The Lions then picked up two first downs to take the lead late
in the first quarter. Harrington's 27-yard pass to Anderson -- his
first of at least 20 yards to a wide receiver since Sept. 28 -- set
up Hanson's kick.
Chicago's three first downs on the ensuing drive set up
Edinger's 43-yard field goal.
Detroit failed to fool the Bears on a fake punt from its own 38,
but Chicago didn't take advantage of the opportunity. The Bears
gained just 7 yards, then Jared DeVries blocked Edinger's field
Hanson's second field goal put Detroit ahead 6-3 late in the
second quarter. Mariucci is not surprised the 12th-year pro has
made all 13 of his field goals this season.
"I think I've seen him miss four field goals. I'm talking about
practice, games, everything," Mariucci said. "He's
Detroit's Dre' Bly missed a second straight game -- the only
two he's missed in five seasons -- with a hamstring injury. ...
Chicago's Anthony Thomas ran for 61 yards on 21 carries and Clark
caught four passes for a team-high 39 yards. ... Four Lions left
the game with injuries: James Davis (separated shoulder), Bracy
Walker (dislocated finger), Shawn Jefferson (left knee), Rod Babers
The NFL says it is close but still has yet to interview the four players named along with Peyton Manning in a report five months ago that linked them to PEDs.
ESPNDallas columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor and NFL Nation reporter Todd Archer discuss what Randy Gregory needs to do to have a long future with the Cowboys, plus a Dez Bryant-Russell Westbrook comparison.
ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson discusses how Kevin White looked in Chicago's OTA on Wednesday.
ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim says Preston Smith and the defense, including safety DeAngelo Hall, had a big day against the offense Wednesday.
ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon explains that perennial Pro Bowl tackle knows the wear and tear on his body; if he needs a day off in OTAs and during the season, Cleveland Browns are wise to give it to him.
DeSean Jackson has missed too many voluntary workouts to collect his $500,000 bonus, but Washington isn't concerned about his absences.