I can't describe how spectacular the Bears defense was in nearly shutting out the
In the first quarter, with the Lions third-and-1 at their 23, the Bears pressured
Nope, check that: the way the Bears used to give up.
In the second quarter,
With two minutes to go in the first half and the Bears up 10-0, Briggs stripped Mikel Leshoure at the Bears' 17 with
By the end of the first half, the Lions' drive chart read three plays, four plays, three, three, three, three and eight, with that last drive ending in the Leshoure fumble. The Bears were doing a job on one of the most dangerous offenses in the league.
Oh, and whatever happened to
Johnson had no catches in the first half. He finished with just three and only 34 yards. Most importantly, Tillman kept Johnson out of the end zone during a critical sequence in the third quarter.
Detroit was about to cut the Bears' lead to 13-7 in the second half after driving 79 yards down to the 1. On first-and-goal, Stafford lobbed a fade to Johnson in the right corner of the end zone, but Tillman read Johnson's reaction and slapped the ball out of the big receiver's hands.
How big was that play? This big:
On second-and-goal, Lions tailback
With a hurting
But the way they play in the red zone is one of the most spectacular.
The Lions had first-and-goal at the Bears; 6, picking up three yards. Second down,
On the Lions' fourth shot inside the 10, Melton and Peppers harassed Stafford out of the pocket and into an interception by
The Lions scored a meaningless touchdown in the final minute thanks to more of that prevent defense, but the Bears defense had answered every question.