(DETROIT, MI) – With the 20-17 win over the Chicago Bears, the Lions improved to 9-4 and claimed the team’s eighth victory in the past nine games. It marks the best nine-game stretch in a single season since 1995 when Detroit won eight of the final nine games that year.
By defeating the Bears, the Lions have now won five in a row during a single-season for the first time since 2011.
“You know, I look at it this way. Number one, it was a big game. Number two, nobody said it was going to be easy. Number three, our guys fought to find a way to get it done,” said Lions head coach Jim Caldwell. “It may not be pretty, but this is the way it is in this game. I just know one thing, you don’t do it that many times and consider it luck, so there is some skill in there. I think our guys do a tremendous job of being able to handle tough
After trailing 17-13 with 7:07 left to play in the fourth quarter, the Lions put together a 7-play, 76-yard drive that covered 3:50 and culminated with a 7-yard touchdown scramble by QB Matthew Stafford with 3:17 left to play. The come-from-behind victory was the eighth time this season that the Lions have trailed in the fourth quarter and won the game.
“A lot of white jerseys. I was able to get in. You know, we just – We had to get a score there,” Stafford said about his TD run. “They covered us up pretty good initially. I don’t know who I – I felt like I leaned back and took off to run and was trying to find somebody to throw it to, and then once I decided to run, I was getting in.”
Detroit has now set a new NFL record, surpassing the previous total of eight set by the 2009 Indianapolis Colts, who were also coached by Jim Caldwell, for the most wins in a season after trailing in the fourth quarter.
By limiting the Bears to 17 points, the Lions have now extended their current streak of holding opponents to 20 points or less to seven games
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Wide receiver Anquan Boldin finished with three receptions for 49 yards and 1 touchdown in the Lions’ win. On Boldin’s second reception of the day, a 16-yard touchdown catch which gave the Lions a 10-3 lead in the second quarter, he surpassed WR Andre Johnson (1,062) for 10th-place on the NFL’s all-time career receptions list.
“It was a mismatch that we were seeing early on in the game. Anytime we lined up in that formation they brought a safety down to cover me,” Bolden said. “We felt like it was a situation that we could take advantage of. Kind of told Jimbo (offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter) what we were seeing and, you know, he called a good play.”
Stafford completed 21-of-35 passes (60.0 pct) for 223 yards and 1 touchdown.
Wide receiver Golden Tate caught 6 passes for 58 yards against Chicago. With 71 catches this season, Tate has now registered 70+ catches for the third-consecutive season. Since signing with the Lions in 2014, he has accumulated 260 receptions, which are the most by a Lions player in their first 45 games played with the club.
Matt Prater connected on field goals of 29 and 54 yards and he is now 28-of-31 on the season, and his 28 field goals are now tied for the sixth most in a season with Jason Hanson in 1995.