The Detroit Lions improved to 8-4 to keep their NFC North title hopes alive as they defeated the Chicago Bears, 34-17, making their playoff chances even more slim.
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The Detroit Lions have a lot to be thankful for as they snapped their two-game losing streak with a Thanksgiving Day win over the Chicago Bears.
The offense returned to form as they scored 34 points, and their defense put together another strong performance with 17 points allowed and two interceptions.
The Lions were off to a slow start as they trailed, 14-3, at the end of the first quarter. However, they scored 21 unanswered points to head into halftime with a solid lead.
The game featured an insane ending as Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw an interception on the final play after the Bears were granted one final play following an illegal forward pass to the end zone.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford bounced back as he threw for 390 yards with two touchdowns on 34-of-45 passing, and wide receiver Calvin Johnson reached 10,000 career receiving yards as he caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Joique Bell ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
For the Bears, Cutler threw for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions on 31-of-49 passing. The running game was practically non-existent for the Bears as Matt Forte was held to six yards on five carries, and Ka’Deem Carey added just eight yards.
Tight end Martellus Bennett caught eight passes for 109 yards while wide receiver Alshon Jeffery caught nine passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.