Final

Bears 13

(5-10, 3-5 away)

Lions 19

(6-9, 3-5 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 26, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 0 0 6 713
DET 3 13 0 319

Chicago has dropped five of six

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions walked off the field stunned for a second straight week.

This time, they were surprised they won.

Chad Hutchinson appeared to throw a 43-yard, game-tying touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian with 1:26 left, but an incomplete ruling on the field stood after a review despite replays that appeared to show it should've been overturned, giving Detroit a 19-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

"I was shocked," said Detroit's Jason Hanson, who made four field goals. "I thought for sure they were going to call it a touchdown, but I'm not going to complain."

Referee Terry McAulay announced on the field the ball was moving when Berrian hit the ground.

The Bears were flabbergasted.

"I caught the ball, got two feet in, hit the ground and that was it," Berrian said. "It was a touchdown. There's no doubt about it."

Last week, a botched extra-point kick with 8 seconds left allowed Minnesota to beat Detroit 28-27.

The Lions (6-9) had lost seven of eight but were subdued after nearly blowing a 16-0 lead in the second half.

"Our room was quiet for a win. I didn't see any jumping around," Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said. "A win is a win, and you shouldn't look down your nose at it, but I'm happy that we weren't elated.

"We're disappointed in our second-half performance. We had a chance to put the game away and we didn't do it," he said.

The Bears (5-10) have dropped five of six.

Kevin Jones went over the 1,000-yard mark, something only Barry Sanders and Billy Sims did as Detroit rookies, with 123 yards rushing on 25 carries.

"It's a great honor because those are two of the best ever," Jones said.

Jones, who has 1,061 yards, scored on a 1-yard TD and went over the 100-yard mark for the fourth time. Sanders ran for 1,470 yards in 1989 and Sims had 1,303 yards rushing in 1980.

Detroit scored on four straight drives in the first half for a 16-0 lead on Jones' TD and Hanson's three field goals.

Linebacker Lance Briggs pulled the Bears to 16-6 late in the third quarter with an interception and 38-yard return. Hanson made his fourth field goal early in the fourth after Jones' fumble was overturned by replay.

Hutchinson capped a 90-yard drive with a 15-yard TD pass to Jason McKie to make it 19-13 with 7:04 to go.

The Bears got the ball back and after converting a fourth-and-3 at midfield, and Hutchinson seemed to connect with Berrian for a TD. It appeared that Berrian caught the ball and got both feet in bounds on the side of the end zone, but the officials didn't see it that way. After three more incomplete passes, Detroit escaped with a win.

"I thought it might've been a touchdown like you did," Mariucci said.

The Lions beat a team twice in the same season for the first time since 1998 and Chicago missed a chance to win at least one game against every team in the division for the first time since 1991.

Joey Harrington was 15-of-30 for 166 yards with an interception for Detroit.

Hutchinson was 20-of-35 for 114 yards with a TD and Thomas Jones ran for 109 yards.

Kevin Jones' 39-yard run set up the first score, Hanson's 31-yard field goal late in the first quarter.

When Jones surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on Detroit's next drive, he obviously knew it because he threw the football to the sideline before the crowd was told he reached the milestone. Two plays later, Jones dove for a 1-yard TD.

Game notes


Detroit OG Damien Woody (hip) left the game in the third quarter. ... The Bears are 4-31 after Dec. 1 on the road since 1988. ... Robert Porcher, who retired this season with a Lions-record 95½ sacks, was honored before the game. ... The crowd gasped before a moment of silence when informed former Philadelphia and Green Bay star Reggie White died. ... Detroit is 16-2 when Hanson makes four field goals.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Chicago
Detroit
1st Downs1617
3rd down efficiency
4-144-14
4th down efficiency
1-21-1
Total Yards229314
Yards per play3.74.9
Total Drives01
Passing105156
Comp-Att
20-3515-30
Yards per pass
3.05.2
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-92-10
Rushing124158
Rushing Attempts
2532
Yards per rush
5.04.9
Penalties8-556-47
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
01
Possession28:3831:22

Passing Leaders

CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hutchinson20/351143.3102-9
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harrington15/301665.5012-10

Rushing Leaders

CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones221095.0014
Wade11111.0011
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones251234.9139
Harrington5265.2011

Receiving Leaders

CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones4348.5028
Wade4276.8013
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Swinton24221.0028
Williams33311.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCHIDET
FG11:54JASON HANSON 31 YD
Drive: 5 plays, 46 yds, 2:22
03
SECOND QUARTERCHIDET
TD3:30KEVIN JONES 1 YD RUN (JASON HANSON KICK)
Drive: 8 plays, 70 yds, 4:35
010
FG9:10JASON HANSON 39 YD
Drive: 8 plays, 21 yds, 4:02
013
FG15:00JASON HANSON 34 YD
Drive: 11 plays, 62 yds, 1:22
016
THIRD QUARTERCHIDET
TD11:20LANCE BRIGGS 38 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (TWO-POINT CONVERSION FAILED) 616
FOURTH QUARTERCHIDET
FG3:31JASON HANSON 40 YD
Drive: 6 plays, 40 yds, 2:41
619
TD7:56JASON MCKIE 15 YD PASS FROM CHAD HUTCHINSON (PAUL EDINGER KICK)
Drive: 9 plays, 90 yds, 4:25
1319