New Quarterback, Same Result as Lions Top Bears 20-14

The Bears switch at quarterback looked good for awhile, but in the end it was the same old story, as Chicago fell to the Lions 20-14 at home Sunday.

Thanks to a late touchdown run by Joique Bell, the Lions managed to get past Jimmy Clausen and the chaotic Chicago Bears 20-14 Sunday

Chicago benched Jay Cutler days earlier, having seen enough after he led the NFL with 18 interceptions and 24 turnovers in the first year of a seven-year contract he signed in the offseason. They turned to the cast-off Clausen, who hadn’t started a game since 2010.

Matthew Stafford outplayed Clausen, but just barely. He completed 22 of 39 passes for 243 yards and hit the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, but it was hardly an easy afternoon for him.

Ndamukong Suh had two sacks, Calvin Johnson added six catches for 103 yards and now the playoff-bound Lions (11-4) can wrap up the NFC North title with a win next week against Green Bay.

Regardless, the Lions will make their second trip to the postseason in four years and third in 16 years after Philadelphia’s loss to Washington on Saturday.

They were hoping to lock up their first division championship since 1993. But with the Packers beating Tampa Bay, the division will be decided in next week’s game at Green Bay.

Stafford threw interceptions in the end zone and near the goal line on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter with the Lions leading 7-0.

Reggie Bush ran for a touchdown and finished with 54 yards rushing and 44 receiving for Detroit. The Lions came away with their highest win total since they went 12-4 in 1991 and handed Chicago (5-10) its fourth straight loss.

Clausen completed 23 of 39 passes for 181 yards in his first start since his 2010 rookie season with Carolina. He threw touchdowns to Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery and played turnover-free ball until a late interception by Glover Quin.

The Bears were leading 14-10 early in the fourth when Tim Jennings bumped Corey Fuller on a deep third-down pass, resulting in a 46-yard interference penalty.

On the next play Bell dodged two defenders and broke a tackle by Brock Vereen for a 17-yard TD that put Detroit up 17-14. Prater added a 30-yard field goal to make it a six-point game with 2:35 remaining.

Prater gave Detroit a 10-7 lead with a 39-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half. But the Bears answered with an 80-yard touchdown drive. Clausen capped it by lofting a 20-yard pass over Darius Slay to Jeffery in the end zone, giving Chicago its first lead at 14-10 with 2:45 left in the third.

The Bears’ Jeremiah Ratliff blocked a 37-yard field goal by Prater early in the fourth, keeping it a four-point game.

The Lions might have run away with this one if not for Stafford’s interceptions in the second quarter and a muffed punt by Jeremy Ross that led to a touchdown for Chicago near the end of the first half.

Lions vs Bears NFL Week 16 Capsule

LIONS BEARS
SERIES LEADER 96-68-5
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 1-0 Trestman: 0-3
LAST WEEK W 16-14 vs. Vikings L 31-15 vs. Saints
LAST GAME 11/27/14: Bears 17 at Lions 34. Lions WR Calvin Johnson has 11 catches for 146 yards and 2 TDs. Detroit RB Joique Bell adds 91 rushing yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/10/13: Lions 21, Bears 19. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford throws for 219 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 to Johnson (4, 14). Lions RB Reggie Bush adds 105 rushing yards.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (Det.), 135 (Chi.). XM: 229 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 321-522-3797-19-10-87.8 Cutler: 347-525-3640-28 (T3C)-18-89.5
RUSHING Bell: 197-726-3.7-6 Forté: 230-932-4.1-6
RECEIVING Tate: 91 (2C)-1224 (3C)-13.5-4 Forté (RB): 88 (3C)-745-8.5-3
OFFENSE 340.9 338.2
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T3C) -8
DEFENSE 300.3 (2L) 382.4
SACKS Ansah: 7.5 Young: 9.5
INTs Quin: 6 (T1L) 3 tied: 3
PUNTING Martin: 46.8 (3C) O’Donnell (R): 44.0
KICKING Prater: 74 (17/17 PAT; 19/23 FG) Feely: 3 (3/4 PAT; 0/0 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th win in row vs. Chi. In Week 13 meeting, had 390 yards, 2 TDs & 116 rating. Needs 203 pass yards for 4th consec. 4,000-yard season…RB REGGIE BUSH aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 100+ rush yards. RB JOIQUE BELL rushed for 91 yards & 2 TDs in Week 13. In past 3, has 343 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.). WR CALVIN JOHNSON had 11 catches for 146 yards & 2 TDs in Week 13. Has 5 TDs in past 3 meetings. Needs 65 rec. yards for 5th consecutive 1,000-yard season. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,072 rec. yards & 106.5 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE has 13 catches for 185 yards (92.5 per game) & TD in past 2 meetings. In past 11, has 75 catches for 1,023 yards (93 per game) & 4 TDs…LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 132 tackles. Had INT in last game at Chi. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 5 sacks in past 5 meetings. DT NICK FAIRLEY has sack & FR-TD in his past 2 vs. Chi. DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had sack in Week 13. S GLOVER QUIN (6) & JAMES IHEDIGBO (4) have combined for 10 INTs, most by S duo in NFL. Quin has INT in each of past 3. Ihedigbo has INT in 3 of past 4…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 4 of his 5 starts at home vs. Det…In 13 meetings, RB MATT FORTÉ has 1,423 scrimmage yards (109.5 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.). Is 1 of 2 in NFL with 900+ rush (932) & 700+ rec. (745) yards…WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 23 catches for 292 yards (97.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 vs. Det. Had 2 TDs in Week 13. Aims for 6th in row with TD (6 TDs in past 5). TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had 8 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead among TEs with career-high 81 catches…DE WILLIE YOUNG played 4 years with Det. (2010-13) & had 6 sacks. In 1st year with Chi., has 9.5 sacks. In 14 games vs. Det., DE JARED ALLEN has 17.5 sacks, 5 FFs, FR & 36-yard INT-TD. Had 2 sacks, FF & FR in Week 13. Since 2004, leads NFL with 133.5 sacks. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS ties for 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs.

Bears to Start Jimmy Clausen at QB; Sit Jay Cutler

The Bears plan to start Jimmy Clausen at quarterback this week over Jay Cutler, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN

Cutler has struggled this season in leading the Bears to a 5-9 record. In Monday’s 31-15 loss to the New Orleans Saints, he threw two touchdowns but had three interceptions bring his NFL-leading turnover total to 24. He also was sacked seven times.

Clausen has appeared in three games for the Bears this season.

Lions vs Bears Wednesday Injury Report

DETROIT LIONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Nick Fairley (knee), DE George Johnson (illness), T LaAdrian Waddle (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Don Carey (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LB Ashlee Palmer (quadricep), CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring)
CHICAGO BEARS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday K Robbie Gould (right quadricep), CB Tim Jennings (ankle), DT Jay Ratliff (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Chris Conte (back), LB Shea McClellin (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Kyle Fuller (hand)

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Saints at Bears NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-8) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-8)

SERIES

SAINTS BEARS
MON. RECORD 17-19 28-35
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 13-13
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Payton: 2-3 Trestman: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 41-10 vs. Panthers L 41-28 vs. Cowboys
LAST GAME 10/6/13: Saints 26 at Bears 18. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 288 yards & 2 TDs, both to RB Pierre Thomas. Saints TE Jimmy Graham catches 10 passes for 135 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/6/13
BROADCAST ESPN (7:30 PM CT): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (NO), 92 (Chi.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NO), 226 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING Brees: 373-538-3983 (1C)-28 (2C)-12-98.8 (3C) Cutler: 330-494-3446-26 (3C)-15-91.7
RUSHING Ingram: 182-810-4.5-6 Forté: 214-854-4.0-6
RECEIVING
  1. Graham (TE): 68-695-10.2-9
Forté (RB): 86 (2C)-724-8.4-3
OFFENSE 421.0 (1C) 342.8
TAKE/GIVE -9 -6
DEFENSE 398.7 377.8
SACKS Galette: 7 Young: 8.5
INTs Vaccaro, White: 2 3 tied: 3
PUNTING Morstead: 46.0 O’Donnell (R): 43.3
KICKING
  1. Graham: 91 (37/38 PAT; 18/20 FG)
Gould: 55 (28/29 PAT; 9/12 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS: In past 2 meetings, QB DREW BREES has completed 55 of 72 (76.4 pct.) for 558 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.2 rating. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 42,716 yards & 311 TDs. Has won 9 of past 11 starts on MNF with 118.6 rating with 32 TDs vs. 6 INTs…Since Week 8, RB MARK INGRAM ranks 2nd in NFL with 651 rush yards…TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 10 catches for 135 yards in last meeting. Has 10 TDs in past 7 on MNF. Aims for 8th in row on MNF with TD catch. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 338 catches, 4,202 yards & 45 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 4 TDs in 4 career meetings (incl. playoffs)…LB JUNIOR GALETTE has 13 sacks in past 17. In 9/18/11 meeting, had 2 sacks. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 5 sacks in past 7. Has 18.5 sacks in past 28. Had FR in last meeting. S KENNY VACCARO had 1st career sack in last meeting. LB DAVID HAWTHORNE had sack in last game vs. Chi…BEARS: In last meeting, QB JAY CUTLER completed 24 of 33 (72.7 pct.) for 358 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.1 rating. Needs 554 yards to be 1st Chi. QB with 4,000-yard season…RB MATT FORTÉ has 261 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game) in past 2 vs. NO. In past 9 at home, has 1,293 scrimmage yards (143.7 per game) & 10 TDs (6 rush, 4 rec.). Only player with 800+ rush (854) & 700+ rec. (724) yards…WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 10 catches for 218 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row with TD (5 TDs in past 4). TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 20 catches for 193 yards (96.5 per game) & TD in past 2. Leads NFL TEs with career-high 77 catches…DE JARED ALLEN has 2.5 sacks, FF & FR in past 2. Since 2004, leads NFL with 133.5 sacks. DE WILLIE YOUNG has career-high 8.5 sacks. DT STEPHEN PAEA has 6 sacks, 3rd most by NFC DT. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS is 2nd in NFL w/ 13 INTs & ties for 3rd w/ 3 INT-TDs.

Bears Work Out Corners Cason and Purifoy

The Bears worked out veteran cornerback Antoine Cason and also had cornerback Louchez Purifoy in for a visit, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports. Cason was recently cut by the Carolina Panthers.

Cason had 44 tackles and two interceptions this season for the Panthers.

Purifoy was previously with the Colts. He played his college ball at Florida.

Cason was drafted by the Chargers in 2008 out of Arizona.

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