Finalist FJ Santos ends Bears slip on unwinnable Lions
Detroit – Cairo Santos He scored a 28-yard field goal at the end of the game to give the Chicago Bears a 16-14 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday.
The Bears (4-7) ended their five-game losing streak under beleaguered coach Matt Nagy, who was answering questions about his career status less than 48 hours before kick-off.
The Lions (0-10-1) made several mistakes, both early and late, to extend their slide to 15 games to claim their last win in nearly a year in Chicago.
Andy Dalton, who started in place of rookie starter Justin Fields, led the Bears in an 18-game 69-yard rally that led to the 8:30 a.m. finish.
Dalton converted third and fifth with a 13-yard pass to Damier Bird to lead the Bears into midfield. He later assisted Detroit, giving them a 5-yard penalty for calling back-to-back playoffs without playing in between.
On the next shot, Dalton converted third and fourth with a 7-yard pass to Bird. With only one timeout remaining, which head coach Dan Campbell used to set up his disorganized defense, Dalton was able to kneel to lower the clock to one second before calling a timeout to set up Santos’ third field goal.
Dalton finished 24 of 39 for 317 yards with a 17-yard beacon to Jimmy Graham late in the first half and an interception.
Jared Goff, returning from a one-game absence due to a tilt injury, was 21 of 25 to 171 with two touchdowns. Goff threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds on his first drive and a 17-yard pass to TJ Hockenson late in the third stage that helped Detroit to a 14-13 lead that they failed to maintain.
Dalton didn’t make a lot of mistakes, but Detroit cornerback Amani Oroori tapped one of them when he went up in front of a receiver to get a pass in the end zone late in the second quarter. Oruwariye provided some joy to the much-needed Lions fans, as they celebrated the interception by having his teammates sit in the end zone to be Serves fake food from football.
Santos scored his second field goal before the end of the first half to give the visitors a 13-7 lead.
Bears: Fields missed the game after sustaining a rib injury in Sunday’s loss to Baltimore. … WR Marquise Goodwin (foot), LBs Roquan Smith (hamstring) and Sam Camara (concussion) left the match with injuries.
Lions: RB D’Andre Swift injured his right shoulder in the second quarter and was not allowed to return, sending the team’s best player off the field. … CB Bobby Price (shoulder) and LP Galen Reeves (Schuler) were also injured during the match.
Bears: Hosted in Arizona on December 5th.
Lions: Host Minnesota on December 5th.
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