1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2007
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
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.
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.
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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:
|Lions, 34||9-30-07||vs. Bears|
|Falcons, 31||9-13-81||vs. Packers|
|Raiders, 31||12-8-63||vs. Chargers|
|Raiders, 31||12-17-60||vs. Broncos|
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
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.8||5.6|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||10:05||Jason Hanson 49 Yd||0||3|
|TD||04:16||Muhsin Muhammad 15 Yd Pass From Brian Griese (Robbie Gould Kick)||7||3|
|FG||05:08||Robbie Gould 49 Yd||10||3|
|FG||00:49||Robbie Gould 41 Yd||13||3|
|TD||14:56||Shaun Mcdonald 4 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick)||13||10|
|TD||13:14||Keith Smith 64 Yd Interception Return (Jason Hanson Kick)||13||17|
|TD||12:57||Devin Hester 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Robbie Gould Kick)||20||17|
|TD||10:06||Troy Walters 15 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick)||20||24|
|TD||03:34||Kevin Jones 5 Yd Run (Pat Blocked)||20||30|
|TD||00:52||Desmond Clark 1 Yd Pass From Brian Griese (Robbie Gould Kick)||27||30|
|TD||00:45||Casey Fitzsimmons 41 Yd Kickoff Return (Jason Hanson Kick)||27||37|