(CHICAGO, IL) – With a 20-14 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, the Lions claimed their 11th win of the season and improve to 11-4. With a win at Chicago, the Lions have reached 11 wins on the season for the fourth time in franchise history and the first since 1991.
The Lions improved to 5-0 this season vs NFC North opponents, which gives the Lions their most wins in the division since realignment in 2002. Five wins surpasses the Lions’ previous best of four, in 2013.
QB Matthew Stafford threw for 243 yards and now has 4,040 yards this year, his fourth career 4,000-yard season, and four in a row. With 4,000+ passing yards this year, Stafford joined QB Peyton Manning (5) and Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino (4) as the only passers in NFL history with four 4,000-yard seasons in a passer’s first six years in the League.
“I think there is a lack of appreciation for [Stafford] around here, I think, at times,” said head coach Jim Caldwell. “I think when you look at the numbers and all that kind of stuff, I’ll tell you what, he progressing. I’m proud of the way that guy is playing, and I think also you’re going to see him get better and better.”
Stafford crossed the 4,000 yard mark at 14:56 of the 4th quarter with a 26 yard pass to Calvin Johnson, which took the Lions to the Chicago 39 yard line. The drive ended 4 minutes later when Matt Prater’s 37 yard field goal attempt was blocked by Jeremiah Ratliff. Stafford was 22 for 39 in passing for 243 yards. Johnson caught 6 passes for 103 yards and recorded his 44th career 100 yard game.
Detroit received another big game from RB Joique Bell. Against the Bears in Detroit on Thanksgiving, Bell tallied carries of 11, 13, and 22 yards an 2 touchdowns. At Soldier Field, Bell continued his domination of the Bears with 13 carries for 74 yards including a 17 yard scramble for a touchdown.
The Lions were confirmed a playoff spot on Saturday when the Philadelphia Eagles lost 27-24 to Washington. They can solidify their playoff hopes with a win on Sunday in Green Bay.