1:00 PM ET, December 24, 2006
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
DETROIT (AP) -- Making a quarterback change was part of the plan, the Chicago Bears insisted.That probably won't stop questions about who is best suited to lead the NFC's top seed in the playoffs.
The Detroit Lions' latest miserable season can't
end soon enough for their disappointed fans.
About 100 spectators left their seats midway through the second quarter of the Lions' 26-21 loss to the Chicago Bears and called for the firing of general manager Matt Millen as they gathered in Ford Field's atrium.
Many of the protesters headed for the exits at halftime, where they were greeted by stadium employees handing out "Go Lions" stickers.
Detroit is an NFL-worst 23-72 since Millen took control of football operations before the 2001 season. They have lost at least 10 games in all six of Millen's seasons, the second-longest streak in league history.
The walkout, planned by a group of bloggers, was scheduled to start with 8:57 left in the second quarter -- honoring the Lions' 1957 championship. Detroit has only won one playoff game since then.
The protest marked the second straight season that Lions fans joined together to voice their displeasure with the organization.
-- The Associated Press
The Bears had two starting defensive backs inactive -- Todd Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Charles Tillman (back) -- and lost starting fullback Jason McKie (ankle) early in the game. ... Detroit was without cornerback Fernando Bryant (concussion) and returner Eddie Drummond (hip), and defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who was suspended by the NFL for the game for two arrests -- one for nude driving and one for drunken driving. ... About 100 fans left their seats during the second quarter in a protest against team president Matt Millen, who took control of the franchise when its slide began in 2001. They gathered to chant "Fire Millen!" and left the stadium.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.6||5.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||6:22||Robbie Gould 36 Yd |
Drive: 14 plays, 61 yds, 6:22
|TD||12:28||Dan Campbell 23 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick) |
Drive: 2 plays, 49 yds, :47
|TD||0:55||Bernard Berrian 13 Yd Pass From Rex Grossman (Robbie Gould Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 75 yds, 3:27
|TD||14:34||Adrian Peterson 2 Yd Run (Robbie Gould Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 49 yds, 2:16
|TD||4:07||Mike Furrey 20 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 71 yds, 4:07
|TD||10:33||Roy Williams 2 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick) |
Drive: 11 plays, 61 yds, 5:06
|FG||2:39||Robbie Gould 36 Yd |
Drive: 13 plays, 58 yds, 6:05
|FG||9:47||Robbie Gould 39 Yd |
Drive: 12 plays, 72 yds, 4:54
|FG||12:10||Robbie Gould 44 Yd |
Drive: 4 plays, 6 yds, :56