Alshon Jeffery finally was on the field, and gave the Bears the threat they have been looking for. He had eight receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown.
Jay Cutler had another good day against the Lions with 353 passing yards and one touchdown, but in the end the defense couldn’t stop Stafford, who went 27 of 42 for a season-high 405 yards and an interception.
Calvin Johnson had six receptions for 166 yards and scored for the first time since Week two. It was his 45th career game with at least 100 yards receiving, breaking a fourth-place tie with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for a player in his first nine seasons.
The Bears extended the game when Robbie Gould hit a 29-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. It looked like it wouldn’t have to come to that, as Stafford threw a go-ahead, 6-yard touchdown pass to a leaping Johnson in the end zone with 21 seconds left in the fourth following a penalty.
The Bears though got the tying score after Darius Slay was called for interference after Cutler’s 25- and 24-yard passes to Jeffery.
Cutler went 26 of 41 for a season-high 353 yards with a TD and an interception.
He had three of his top targets – Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Martellus Bennett – in the lineup after each of them was listed as questionable because of injuries. Jeffery had been out since Week 1 with a hamstring injury.
The Bears though wasted a handful of opportunities inside the Detroit 20, settling for field goals and throwing an interception.
”We’ve got to get better in the red zone,” Cutler said.
If they could have done that, the team could have looked to the bye at 3-3 instead of 2-4.
”In this league, you’ve got to overcome everything, every week,” Bears coach John Fox said.