Bears 27

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Lions 37

(3-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2007

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 0 7 6 1427
DET 3 0 0 3437

Top Performers

Passing: B. Griese (CHI) - 286 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: C. Benson (CHI) - 15 CAR, 50 YDS

Receiving: B. Berrian (CHI) - 8 REC, 99 YDS

Griese tosses 3 interceptions in debut as Bears fall to 1-3

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions did it all in a record-breaking fourth quarter, scoring on the ground, through the air on defense and special teams.

The new-look win took the place of a here-we-go again loss for a team that used to be the NFL's laughingstock.

Scouts Buzz
The Detroit defensive front seven was too physical for Chicago. The Bears' offensive line could not block DTs Cory Redding and Shaun Rogers in the run game or the pass game, and the constant upfield rush Redding and Rogers gave kept Chicago OGs Ruben Brown and Roberto Garza on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage. The game plan by Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry to pressure Bears QB Brian Griese with LBs Paris Lenon and Boss Bailey worked all day, forcing Griese to make bad decisions, which led to three interceptions and helped Detroit win the field position battle.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 4 Scouts Buzz

"Luck is turning our way," Roy Williams said after Detroit beat the Chicago Bears 37-27 Sunday. "We're a 3-1 ballclub and not a lot of teams can say that."

No other team in league history can say they scored 34 points in the final quarter as Detroit did against the defending NFC champions, and no game included a combined 48 points in the fourth.

"We collapsed as a team at the end of the game," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

Chicago (1-3) led 13-3 after three quarters in a terribly played game before both teams scored three times as many points in the final 15 minutes.

"It was a big finish," Williams said.

The Bears insist they're not finished, even though their quarterback change backfired and their banged-up team is reeling.

"Our season is not over," Brian Urlacher said. "But we have to get better."

"We stink right now."

Brian Griese, starting in place of Rex Grossman, had three interceptions.

Still, the Bears still had a chance to win.

Griese threw a 1-yard pass to Desmond Clark on a fourth down with 52 seconds left to pull the Bears within three. However, the onside kick bounced to Detroit's Casey FitzSimmons and he returned it for a touchdown to seal the victory.

It was the kind of game Detroit used to lose as it put together one of the worst six-season stretches in NFL history -- with at least 10 losses from 2001-2006 -- but these might not be the same-old Lions.

Detroit is 3-1 for the first time since 2004 and it has already matched the number of wins it had last season in Rod Marinelli's first year as coach.

Most Fourth-Quarter Points
Scoring on an onside kick return gave the Lions the record for the most points scored in the fourth quarter of an NFL game. Here's the list:
Team, Points
Lions, 349-30-07vs. Bears
Falcons, 319-13-81vs. Packers
Raiders, 3112-8-63vs. Chargers
Raiders, 3112-17-60vs. Broncos

"This game was probably like me -- ugly," Marinelli said. "It was also like me because it was a fight."

The Bears, meanwhile, are off to a bad start, falling to 1-3. Chicago can only hope the season turns around as it did in 2005 when it lost three of the first four games and finished 11-5.

"It can be done," Urlacher said. "But we've really got to get to work."

At quarterback, though, it might be time for Plan C.

Griese was 34-of-52 for 286 yards with two TDs and three interceptions.

Smith said he didn't consider putting Grossman in the game, but wasn't pleased with Griese's performance.

"It wasn't good enough," Smith said.

Griese agreed.

"If you're going to have plays that don't go your way, you better make enough to make up for it," he said.

Robbie Gould made field goals on consecutive drives late in the third quarter to put Chicago ahead 13-3.

Then, Detroit's offense suddenly came to life and Jon Kitna connected with Shaun McDonald for a 4-yard TD on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Lions went ahead when Griese threw a pass directly at cornerback Keith Smith and he returned it 64 yards for a 17-13 lead.

Devin Hester quieted the crowd by returning the ensuing kick 97 yards, his seventh kick or punt return for a score in one-plus seasons, but the Bears couldn't hold onto the lead.

Kitna threw a 15-yard pass to Troy Walters, whose foot-dragging score needed a video review, and Kevin Jones capped a drive that lasted longer than 5 minutes with a short TD run to put Detroit ahead 30-20 with 3:34 left.

The game lasted 3 hours and 35 minutes, and the final quarter seemed to go on forever.

"That was long," Kitna said. "I have food waiting at my house, and I hope it isn't ruined.

"That's what happens in the NFL, things can get crazy. Everything gets carried by momentum and emotional swings, and you end up with 10-3 games that turn into something like this."

Kitna finished 20 of 24 for 247 yards with two scores, a fumble and no interceptions.

Both teams struggled to run the ball. No one had more than 50 yards rushing , and that was more problematic for Chicago because Griese was unreliable in a pass-happy offense.

Chicago decided to bench Grossman, a 2003 first-round pick, a once-popular decision in the Windy City that might now be second-guessed.

Game notes

The Bears were without four starters on defense, including most of their secondary. ... Detroit DT Shaun Rogers blocked a kick, giving him an NFL-high 11 since 1991. ... Chicago S Kevin Payne (arm) and John Tait (ankle) were injured. ... The Lions honored their 1957 championship-winning team with a ceremony at halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2219
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays8055
Total Yards303310
Yards per play3.85.6
Total Drives1515
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-43-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs12

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

detFG10:11Jason Hanson 49 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -4 yds, 1:39
chiTD4:23Muhsin Muhammad, 15 yd pass from Brian Griese (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 4:20
chiFG5:13Robbie Gould 49 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 30 yds, 4:09
chiFG0:54Robbie Gould 41 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 22 yds, 2:50
detTD15:00Shaun McDonald, 4 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 70 yds, 0:53
detTD13:27Keith Smith, 64 yd interception return (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 28 yds, 1:42
chiTD13:14Devin Hester, 97 yd kickoff return (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 97 yds, 0:00
detTD10:12Troy Walters, 15 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:51
detTD3:40Kevin Jones, 5 yd run (Jason Hanson kick blocked)
Drive info: 8 plays, 62 yds, 5:14
chiTD0:55Desmond Clark, 1 yd pass from Brian Griese (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yds, 2:42
detTD0:52Casey Fitzsimmons, 41 yd kickoff return (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 99 yds, 0:00