Someone had to win – and those who planned Thanksgiving in football were not viewers.
It’s not the Lions, of course. The Bears came to Detroit as the epitome of dysfunction, and as time passed Cairo Santos departed from a 28-yard field goal with a 16-14 win.
Although the Lions entered the contest at 0-9-1, Bayers coach Matt Nagy was under intense scrutiny. Team Finally got the word out Reports that Nagy will be fired after this game are untrue, but not after he has been rotten for days. In Chicago this week, “Fire Nagy” chants rang from his son’s high school football game to the Bulls games to the All Elite Wrestling Event in Windy City.
The Bears improved to 4-7 with the win as they shattered a five-game losing streak.
Matinee Thanksgiving matching expectations were too low and NFC Northern competitors did not exceed them. Coin flip gaffe, injuries to key players on both teams (RB D’Andre Swift, Lions; LB Roquan Smith, Bears) and 15 combined penalties (10 from Lions).
Andy Dalton, who replaced injured rookie Justin Fields, led the Bears on an 18-play, 69-yard drive that took the final 8:30 off the clock to set up the game-winning kick.
Dalton converted a third-and-5 with Damier Byrd with a 13-yard pass to get the Bears to midfield. Detroit then helped, giving him a 5-yard penalty for consistently running out of play.
On the next snap, Dalton converted a third-and-4 with a 7-yard pass to Byrd. With only one season left for first-year coach Dan Campbell to set up his chaotic defense, Dalton was able to knock the clock out for 1 second before it was time to set up Santos’ third field goal. .
Dalton completed 24 of 39 for 317 yards, a 17-yard touchdown pass and an interception for Jimmy Graham at the end of the first half.
Jared Goff, who returned from a one-game absence due to an injury, went 25 for 171 with two touchdowns. 21. Goff threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds on his first drive and threw a 17-yard pass to TJ Hockenson in the third to get Detroit to 14-13 It simply failed to keep up.
The Lions have already suffered several soul-crushing losses – and a 16-16 tie with the Steelers – under Campbell, his fiery first-year head coach. They can now add another to the list.
– With the AP