For the first three quarters the Detroit Lions looked like the team several experts in the Media picked to challenge for the NFC North division crown, meanwhile the Bears looked eerily similar to the team that struggled through subpar quarterback play to an 8-8 record last season. And then, for 15 minutes, the Lions did Lion things and Mitchell Trubisky looked like the best QB in football leading a dazzling comeback in the Bears’ 27-23 win over Detroit.

Trubisky looked every bit as rough through the first three quarters as he did all of last season in going 12-26 for 133 yards and zero touchdowns while watching his team fall behind big, 23-6 to a Detroit team the Bears had beaten in four straight contests. Thanks to Trubisky completing 8-10 passes for 109 yards and 3 scores in the final quarter leading Chicago to 21 unanswered points to end the game, you can make that 5 wins in a row over Detroit.

Mitchell Trubisky had an incredible 4th quarter in the week one win. Photo Credit:Duane Burleson

Matthew Stafford went 24-42 for 297 yards with a score and an interception late in the game that set up the game winning drive for Chicago.  Adrian Peterson showed he still has something left in the tank as well, as he rushed for a game high 93 yards on just 14 carries.  The Bears outran the Lions 149-138 as a team and won the turnover battle 1-0 which was the deciding factor in the game.  

The first half was a lot of ugly, bad football and it looked as though neither team would find the end zone until Stafford completed 3 straight passes for 47 yards. The Lions capped it with a 1 yard touchdown run by rookie D’Andre Swift to give the Lions a 13-6 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Lions pushed the lead to 23-10 behind a pair of back-to-back 8 play scoring drives spanning two thirds of the quarter. The game looked all but over as the Bears looked nervous on offense and lackadaisical on defense, and Matthew Stafford had all day to throw to his receivers.

Then the 4th quarter started and Trubisky looked like the quarterback from 2 years ago that went to the Pro Bowl and led Chicago to a division title. He started off with a quick 2 yard toss to new tight end Jimmy Graham, and after the Bears’ defense got a big stop and forced a punt, the Bears were on the move again. Trubisky made 2 big throws to Anthony Miller that set up what was initially called another touchdown to Jimmy Graham. After that call was reversed and called down at the one, Trubisky wasted no time finding Javon Wims in the back of the end zone for a one yard score to bring the Bears within a field goal at 23-20.

Following the score, Stafford made the one real mistake that neither team made all game, forcing a ball over the middle to Marvin Jones that was tipped and intercepted by Kyle Fuller, setting Chicago up with a short field and a chance to take the lead. Trubisky delivered one more time. After a 5 yard run from Davus Montgomery and a 5 yard penalty against the Lions, Trubisky uncorked his best ball all day, lofting a beautiful 27-yard strike down the right sideline to Anthony Miller one more time for the go-ahead score.

Anthony Miller with the Go-Ahead Score. Photo Credit: Duane Burleson

It proved to be the winning play of the game, but it wasn’t without drama courtesy of Stafford, who led his team all the way to first and 10 from the Bears 15 yard line with 11 seconds to go. On the second to last play of the game, he found Swift in the corner of the end zone and hit him between the numbers, but the ball bounced off his hands and out of bounds effectively ending the game, and giving the Bears the improbable comeback win.

D’andre Swift dropped a potential game winner late in the fourth. Photo Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier

The Bears start the season 1-0 and move on to play at home next Sunday against the New York Giants. The Lions take the tough loss to fall to 0-1 to start the year, and they will go to Green Bay to take on a tough Packers team.

Game Notes

Sunday’s game marks the 4th straight start against the Lions where Mitchell Trubisky has thrown three TD passes, the longest streak of his career against one team. 

Less than 2 weeks after being cut by Washington, Adrian Peterson looked good in his return to the NFC North, finishing just shy of 100 yards on the day.

Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller led the Bears in receiving with 5 catches for 75 yards and 4 catches for 74 and a score respectively.

Danny Amendola led the Lions with 5 catches for 81 yards and tight end TJ Hockenson had 5 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. 

Sunday’s victory was the first ever win for Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy in a season opener and the loss dropped Lions coach Matt Patricia to 0-2-1 in openers in his career.

Photo Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier

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