Where were we? Detroit? OK, third-and-11. Wait, there was a penalty on the Lions. They give back 5 of the yards Gibson cost the Bears. Third-and-6 now. Chandler finds Lyman for a first down, the Bears' first. Thomas finds a big hole and gets into the open field for 17 yards. Two straight firsts! Then Chandler throws two balls that could've been picked off, the second by Bryan Walker, who's got his entire name on the back of his jersey. I guess not to be confused with the other safety, Bracy Walker. Too many guys in the in the huddle and the Bears are going backwards again. Chandler hits Justin Gage for 16 yards and a first. They're back around the 30-yard line. Thomas can't get around the corner and is dropped behind the line by Boss Bailey. Chandler tosses another one into traffic. Rabih Abdullah gets 7 back and Edigner will try one from 43. Right down the middle and the Bears draw even.
Bears 3, Lions 3
Avon Cobourne picks up a few. Bryson picks up a few. Bill Schroeder drops a pass on third down. The fans boo. Punt. No, a fake! Punter Nick Harrison lofts one up for Byrson. But he's slammed to the turf by Gray and the ball comes out. Incomplete. The Bears take over in good shape at the Detroit 38.
Chandler takes a two-step drop and flings one to Dez White, who's tackled immediately. Play got 5. Thomas has nothing in front of him and is brought down at the line. Chandler lofts one to White, who clearly pushed off on Terrence Holt. White continues his questionable play. Desmond Clark grabs a pass and gets 12 yards back. Edinger will try from 48. It's blocked and the ball bounces into the end zone.
Bracy Walker hurt his hand on that fake punt and may not return, which helps because I kept getting him confused with whatshisface, Bryan Walker.
Avon "Next stop North and" Cobourne runs for a few. Harrington then hits, um, someone, for a first. Then finds Fitzsimmons for another first, 17 yards down the field. Harrington takes a shot at Anderson in the end zone but it's just over-thrown. Azumah got a little touchy-feely there and the crowd wants a flag for interference. Bryson runs for a few now. Geez, how many backs do these guys have? Ball's on the Bears' 31, by the way. Swinton picks up a first, gets up, spikes the ball and does a little David Terrell like shimmy. Please. Ball now on the 15 and Harrington has to throw it to the sideline. Heads up, photag! Cobourne falls over after taking the handoff and everyone in the press box laughs. Harrington hits Az-Hakim, who shakes Gray. Anyway, the Lions kick a field goal. Zzzzzzzzzzzz......
Lions 6, Bears 3
If you're joining us late and you love punts and field goals and hate first downs, you've missed a great game. Many people filling the aisles to get a jump on the beer line or bathroom line or both. I wouldn't blame them if they didn't come back.
Azumah gets a good return out to midfield. Chandler then finds White for 13 yards and that takes us to the two-minute warning. Consider yourself warned: There are two-minutes left in this half. If it catches you by surprise, it's your own fault. Booker is hit immediately after catching a 4-yard dump. Abdullah is dropped in the backfield at the 40. Bears call timeout and gather the brain trust.
Booker can't handle Chandler's pass and Brad Maynard trots on to punt the ball away. Great punt. It's downed inside the 5 by Hunter Hillenmeyer. Detroit runs the ball and the Bears don't call timeout. Why not call timeout? We'll never know
That's the game, folks. Great one. Instant classic. I'm out of here. Halftime? Damn.
After the numerous media buffets this season, I may be set on sausages for life. Please pass the Prilosec.
Oh, the game started. After a minor scuffle involving Desmond Clark, Thomas runs for a few to bring up third-and-2. Football really needs to work on its fights. They lack behind hockey, baseball and even basketball. Chandler's third-down pass falls incomplete and let's get this half off the right way: with a punt.
All of a sudden Alex Brown is all over the joint. He makes a tackle, forces a fumble (which Detroit recovered) and bats down a Harrington pass on third down. Have we set a record for punts yet? Now they're saying the fumble was really a sack. Credit Brown. Hope Greg Blache doesn't bench him for that.
The Bears start at midfield on the blue Lion silhouette. Thomas runs for 3 and then 7 which equals third-and-1. Thomas picks up 5 more and then 1 more. Chandler hits Booker on a short slant and Booker has open field in front of him. Twenty-three yards and a first. Thomas gets nothing. I'd be remiss not to tell you the ball's on the 12. Chandler throws one over Stanley Pritchett's head. Stanley Pritchett in the red zone. No offense, but forget this guy. Chandler looks and looks and then rifles one to Clark for a touchdown. Nicely thrown ball there. Bears lead for the first time.
Bears 10, Lions 6
Swinton returns Edinger's kick 25 yards to the 39. Harrington hits Scotty Anderson for 17 yards across midfield. And then finds Anderson again who runs in the open field down to the 18. The Lions stall in the red zone, though, as Brown gets to Harrington on third down. The ball flies up in the air, but falls to the turf. The Lions will kick a field goal, which is good.
Bears 10, Lions 9
Azumah makes another nice return. Thomas runs twice, setting up third-and-5. The Lions jump and that's a first. Much booing. But not sustained booing, like, "Yeah, yeah, we know we're supposed to boo but it gets too taxing." Thomas is tripped up on a counter.
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