The Detroit Lions used another strong effort by Calvin Johnson to hold off the Chicago Bears, 21-19, on Sunday afternoon. They move to 6-3 and sit alone atop the NFC North.
Jay Cutler returned from a groin injury and wasted no time reconnecting with his favorite weapon. The Bears’ quarterback hooked up with Brandon Marshall for a 32-yard touchdown on the opening drive. The Lions answered right back with a strike to Kris Durham from Matthew Stafford.
Neither team did much of note for most of the first half, although Calvin Johnson passed Randy Moss for the most career receiving yards in his first 100 games. The Bears drove down to the goal line at the end of the first half trying to take the lead, but Cutler threw an end zone pick to DeAndre Levy. The teams went into halftime tied, 7-7.
The Lions took a quick lead in the third quarter thanks to yet another crazy touchdown catch by Johnson. Things were quiet until the fourth quarter, when Stafford was picked off on a pass that sailed over Johnson’s head. The Bears failed to cash in with a touchdown, settling for a field goal to cut the deficit to one point. Detroit had a chance to extend its lead, but David Akers missed a field goal.
With the late afternoon games currently Website For Cheap Jerseys underway and carrying Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys some significant weight in terms of how these standings will look by the evening, here is an early look at the playoff standings as of Sunday afternoon.
The 49ers and Panthers are currently playing against each other in San Francisco, giving the winner a major edge in the race for a Wild Card berth. The Cowboys and Saints face off on Sunday Night Football. If New Orleans falls to Dallas, the Seahawks will have a two-game lead for the No. 1 seed and they face the Saints at home in Week 13 on Monday Night Football.