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Sloppy Bears defeat Lions 19-14 after last-second TD catch is overturned

Maybe this is finally the Bears’ year…

Despite 4 turnovers, 9 penalties, failing to score a point after a 1st and goal from the Lions’ 1-yardline and an apparent last-second game-winning TD reception by Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, the Bears somehow managed to pull out a dramatic 19-14 win over the Lions.

Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Matt Forte, one 89-yarder and another 28-yarder late in the game, which proved to be the game-winner. Cutler finished with 372 yards (on 23 of 35 passes) with 1 INT.

The Bears defense continually kept the Lions offense in check, especially after Julius Peppers sacked Matthew Stafford late in the first half, causing him to leave the game for good with an injured shoulder. The Lions managed only 168 total yards.

But trailing 19-14 with less than 30 seconds remaining, backup QB Sean Hill appeared to guide the Lions to a remarkable comeback. Hill lofted a 25-yard pass to Johnson, who out-jumped Zack Bowman to make the catch. But upon falling to the ground, Johnson put his hand down with the ball in it. As he rolled over to get up and start his celebration, the ball rolled out of his hand in the back of the endzone. By rule, a receiver must complete possession throughout the entire course of the play.

A touchdown was initially called by the side judge, but was then overruled by an official on the field. After a lengthy booth review, the play was confirmed. But it wasn’t until 2 incompletions on the next two plays that Lovie Smith and the rest of Bear Nation was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

This was a game the Bears could’ve, and probably should’ve, lost. Trailing 14-13 and with the Lions backed up deep in their own territory, Lance Briggs timed a blitz perfectly, sacking Hill and causing a fumble as he attempted to hand off to running back, Javhid Best. Briggs recovered at the Lions’ 1-yard line.

After a rush by Forte for no gain, an incomplete pass by Cutler on a bootleg and another run by Forte for no gain, Lovie decided to go for the touchdown rather than take the lead with a short Robbie Gould field goal attempt.

On 4th down, another Forte run was swallowed up for no gain, and the Lions took over.

With 1:32 left in the game, the Bears had the ball at the Lions 28 yard line. On third down, Cutler floated a pass to Forte who was in coverage vs. Lions LB Julian Peterson. Forte made a nice over-the-shoulder catch to give the Bears a 19-14 lead. Devin Aromashodu dropped a 2-point conversion.

The Lions moved quickly into Bears territory when the controversial Johnson TD catch occurred.

The non-TD catch by Johnson will be talked about all week long. Luckily for Lovie, the Bears will be 1-0 when they travel to Dallas to battle the Cowboys next week.



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