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Stafford-led Lions beat Bears 20-10, stay in playoff picture

DETROIT (AP) Matthew Stafford struck a balance between making plays and avoiding mistakes to keep the Detroit Lions in the playoff picture.

Stafford threw two touchdown passes and didn't have a turnover, helping Detroit beat the Chicago Bears 20-10 on Saturday night.

''It's just trying to be as calculated as you can with those chances that you're going to take,'' he said. ''And, understanding the game situation.''

Detroit (8-6) has won two straight and needs to close the regular season with two more wins to keep its postseason hopes alive.

''We've got to win to stay in,'' said tight end Eric Ebron, who caught Stafford's second TD pass. ''If we win, we will hopefully make it to the playoffs. If not, then we get booted.''

Whether the Bears (4-10) win another game this season or not, they may end up giving coach John Fox the boot.

Chicago has lost six of seven, sealing a third season with double-digit losses in three years under its embattled coach.

Stafford threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to TJ Jones to put Detroit up 13-0 with 6:10 left in the first half after Fox chose to punt on fourth-and-1 from the Chicago 45.

''We were thinking about field position,'' Fox said. ''It's not a no-lose situation because if we don't make it, they've got the ball at our 45. Like I said, you could go for it, but you have to know that it can come back and bite you.''

Stafford was 25 of 33 for 237 yards and didn't throw an interception for the first time since Week 11. His 8-yard pass to Ebron gave Detroit a 20-3 lead early in the third quarter after Darius Slay's first of two interceptions .

Chicago rookie Mitchell Trubisky had season highs in completions (31), attempts (46), yards passing (314) and interceptions (three) including one to safety Quandre Diggs in the end zone early in the fourth quarter.

''We have complete confidence in Mitch,'' Fox said. ''And, we know that he's going to have better days.''

Trubisky threw a 9-yard TD pass to Benny Cunningham to make it 20-10 with 2:32 left. After Fox chose not to try an onside kick, the Bears got the ball back 25 seconds later on their 6 and moved the ball to the Detroit 25 before Slay's second interception ended their comeback hopes.

GOING DEEP

Lions receiver Marin Jones had three catches for 85 yards, including a 58-yard catch in which he raced across the field and leaped in front of safety Eddie Jackson to set up the TD pass to TJ Jones.

''When I saw him out of the corner of my eye, I didn't think he was as close as he was,'' Jackson said. ''By the time I jumped, he was on to me already.''

Marvin Jones has single-season, career-high 18 catches of 20-plus yards this season.

GROUNDED GAME

The Bears ran for just 43 yards on 15 carries after having a season-high 232 yards rushing in last week's 33-7 win at Cincinnati, forcing them to throw a lot with Trubisky.

DANCING IN DETROIT

When TJ Jones scored, he and some teammates celebrated with a Rockettes-like kick line . Detroit's Golden Tate got turned around after making a catch later in the game, and kept spinning with his hands over his head as if he was a ballerina.

''I didn't practice it,'' Tate said. ''Never even thought about it. It seemed like it was just a moment to do something crazy.''

INJURIES

Bears: S Chris Prosinski, who started in place of injured starter Adrian Amos, and OT Tom Compton went into concussion protocol. LB Pernell McPhee left the game with a shoulder injury, an ailment that kept him out of the previous game. OT Josh Sitton had an ankle injury.

Lions: OG T.J. Lang left the game with a foot injury, which limited him in practice and led to him being listed as questionable to play. Lang left a line that began the game without two injured starters: center Travis Swanson and right tackle Rick Wagner. TJ Jones hurt his shoulder while covering a punt.

UP NEXT

Bears: Host Cleveland on Sunday, Dec. 24.

Lions: At Cincinnati on Sunday, Dec. 24.

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Key Players
M. Trubisky 10 QB
314 PaYds, PaTD, 3 INTs, 3 RuYds
12
FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
237 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, RuYd
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:32
M.Nugent extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-P.O'Donnell. DET-D.Carey was injured during the play.
plays
yds
pos
10
20
Touchdown 2:32
M.Trubisky pass short right to B.Cunningham for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
92
yds
6:51
pos
9
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:48
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
3
20
Touchdown 9:48
M.Stafford pass short middle to E.Ebron for 8 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
41
yds
4:22
pos
3
19
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:02
M.Nugent 41 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-P.O'Donnell.
2
plays
4
yds
0:10
pos
3
13
Point After TD 6:10
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
0
13
Touchdown 6:10
M.Stafford pass short right to T.Jones for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
92
yds
5:44
pos
0
12
Field Goal 14:56
M.Prater 31 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
11
plays
49
yds
5:27
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 11:58
M.Prater 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
8
plays
47
yds
3:02
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 30:55 29:05
1st Downs 22 18
Rushing 4 1
Passing 16 13
Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Conv 5-12 6-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 349 293
Total Plays 63 57
Avg Gain 5.5 5.1
Net Yards Rushing 43 91
Rush Attempts 15 20
Avg Rush Yards 2.9 4.6
Net Yards Passing 306 202
Comp. - Att. 31-46 25-33
Yards Per Pass 6.7 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-8 4-35
Penalties - Yards 13-97 8-58
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 3 0
Punts - Avg 5-45.0 4-45.5
Return Yards 64 99
Punts - Returns 1-2 4-46
Kickoffs - Returns 3-62 3-34
Int. - Returns 0-0 3-19
Kicking 2/2 4/4
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bears 4-10 030710
Lions 8-6 3107020
306 PASS YDS 202
43 RUSH YDS 91
349 TOTAL YDS 293
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Trubisky 10 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 314 1 3 66.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.8% 1822 7 7 77.8
M. Trubisky 31/46 314 1 3 12
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Howard 24 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
245 1069 7
J. Howard 10 37 0 16 5
M. Trubisky 10 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 202 1
M. Trubisky 2 3 0 5 12
M. Burton 46 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
M. Burton 1 2 0 2 0
T. Cohen 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
82 348 2
T. Cohen 2 1 0 4 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Wright 13 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 7 81 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 558 1
K. Wright 13 7 81 0 19 8
J. Bellamy 15 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 70 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 297 1
J. Bellamy 7 5 70 0 19 7
M. Wheaton 12 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 51 0
M. Wheaton 4 2 42 0 22 4
B. Cunningham 30 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 33 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 172 2
B. Cunningham 5 4 33 1 12 9
D. Brown 85 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 129 0
D. Brown 4 3 32 0 17 3
J. Howard 24 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 120 0
J. Howard 4 4 26 0 11 5
T. Cohen 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 45 327 1
T. Cohen 6 4 16 0 7 1
D. Sims 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 156 1
D. Sims 1 1 9 0 9 0
D. Inman 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 230 1
D. Inman 2 1 5 0 5 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
E. Jackson 39 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-10 2 0.0
E. Jackson 7-1 0.0 0 0
N. Kwiatkoski 44 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-5 0 2.0
N. Kwiatkoski 6-2 0.0 0 0
P. Amukamara 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-2 0 0.0
P. Amukamara 5-1 0.0 0 0
A. Hicks 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-10 0 8.0
A. Hicks 3-1 1.0 0 0
L. Houston 99 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-1 0 5.0
L. Houston 3-0 2.0 0 0
S. Acho 93 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-14 0 1.0
S. Acho 3-1 1.0 0 1
K. Fuller 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-8 1 0.0
K. Fuller 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Trevathan 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-25 1 2.0
D. Trevathan 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Prosinski 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
C. Prosinski 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Bullard 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 1.0
J. Bullard 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Callahan 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-5 1 1.0
B. Callahan 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Bush 26 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Bush 1-1 0.0 0 0
P. McPhee 92 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-1 0 4.0
P. McPhee 1-0 0.0 0 0
H. Jones 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
H. Jones 1-1 0.0 0 0
R. Robertson-Harris 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
R. Robertson-Harris 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Nugent 1 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
10/12 12/13
M. Nugent 1/1 41 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. O'Donnell 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 45.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
72 46.7 26
P. O'Donnell 5 45.0 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Cohen 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 20.7 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 22.4 46 0
T. Cohen 3 20.7 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Cohen 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
25 9.3 61 1
T. Cohen 1 2.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75.8% 237 2 0 115.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.3% 3920 25 9 99.1
M. Stafford 25/33 237 2 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Riddick 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 49 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 260 3
T. Riddick 8 49 0 12 3
T. Green 38 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 101 1
T. Green 10 35 0 7 3
A. Abdullah 21 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
151 513 3
A. Abdullah 1 8 0 8 1
M. Stafford 9 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 89 0
M. Stafford 1 -1 0 -1 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Jones 11 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 85 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 54 970 8
M. Jones 5 3 85 0 58 8
G. Tate 15 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 82 885 4
G. Tate 5 3 33 0 19 3
E. Ebron 85 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 33 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 482 3
E. Ebron 7 5 33 1 19 9
K. Golladay 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 369 2
K. Golladay 5 4 29 0 14 2
T. Jones 13 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 26 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 399 1
T. Jones 3 3 26 1 12 8
A. Abdullah 21 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 146 1
A. Abdullah 4 3 13 0 11 1
T. Riddick 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 409 2
T. Riddick 3 3 12 0 8 3
J. Agnew 39 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
J. Agnew 1 1 6 0 6 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Whitehead 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
71-24 1 1.0
T. Whitehead 6-3 0.0 0 0
D. Hayden 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-8 0 0.0
D. Hayden 5-0 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-6 7 0.0
D. Slay 5-0 0.0 2 0
J. Davis 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
55-24 0 2.0
J. Davis 5-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-8 2 1.0
Q. Diggs 3-0 1.0 1 0
T. Tabor 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
T. Tabor 3-0 0.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-7 0 0.0
N. Lawson 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Spence 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-14 0 2.0
A. Spence 2-0 1.0 0 0
J. Reeves-Maybin 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-5 0 0.0
J. Reeves-Maybin 2-0 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-18 3 0.0
G. Quin 2-2 0.0 0 0
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-3 0 6.0
E. Ansah 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Worrilow 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-7 0 0.0
P. Worrilow 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-12 1 0.0
A. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0 0
Co. Washington 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 0 2.0
Co. Washington 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Zettel 69 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-9 0 6.0
A. Zettel 0-2 0.0 0 0
S. Longa 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 0.0
S. Longa 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
27/31 35/36
M. Prater 2/2 48 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
30 43.7 10
S. Martin 4 45.5 2 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Tate 15 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 -1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
G. Tate 1 -1.0 -1 0
A. Abdullah 21 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 25 0
A. Abdullah 1 25.0 25 0
D. Fells 87 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
D. Fells 1 10.0 10 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Agnew 39 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 11.5 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
26 16.0 88 2
J. Agnew 4 11.5 16 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:58 CHI 16 2:13 4 15 Punt
7:22 CHI 20 1:59 3 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 CHI 25 3:02 5 20 Punt
6:10 CHI 10 5:13 9 48 Punt
0:12 DET 27 0:10 2 4 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CHI 20 0:50 2 2 INT
9:48 CHI 25 3:37 6 15 Punt
3:52 CHI 36 5:21 10 59 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:23 CHI 8 6:51 13 92 TD
2:07 CHI 6 1:39 10 69 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 23 3:02 8 47 FG
9:45 DET 37 2:23 4 12 Punt
5:23 DET 38 5:27 11 49 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:54 DET 8 5:44 10 92 TD
0:57 DET 7 0:45 4 20 Fumble
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:10 CHI 41 4:22 9 41 TD
6:11 DET 26 2:19 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 DET 20 4:08 6 31 Punt
2:32 DET 27 0:25 3 3 Punt
0:28 DET 35 0:28 1 -1 Game