Li­ons re­main hot be­hind QB

LI­ONS 20, BEARS 17

The Denver Post - - AROUND THE NFL - By Larry Lage

detroit» Matthew Stafford got a shot­gun snap, dropped back, slid left, rolled right and ran up the mid­dle through three de­fend­ers with a shot to stop him.

Stafford’s go-ahead, 7-yard touch­down with 3:17 left made up for his two in­ter­cep­tions in the fourth quar­ter, one that was re­turned for a score, and helped the Detroit Li­ons beat the Bears 2017 on Sun­day, drop­ping the Bears to 3-10.

With the mid­dle fin­ger on his right hand taped up and cov­ered by a white glove, Stafford strug­gled to throw at times. When it was time to run and score, he wasn’t go­ing to stop him­self short of the end zone.

“It’s fourth quar­ter, go time, you’ve got to make a play,” Stafford said. “I surely wasn’t go­ing to slide on the 2.”

The NFC North-lead­ing Li­ons (9-4) have won five straight and eight of nine, mov­ing them a step closer to win­ning a di­vi­sion ti­tle for the first time in 23 years.

“Our goals are much big­ger than win­ning this game,” re­ceiver An­quan Boldin said.

Matt Barkley com­pleted two passes that put the Bears in a po­si­tion to at least at­tempt a ty­ing field goal in the fi­nal minute, but both were negated by flags, be­fore turn­ing the ball over on downs from the Detroit 44.

“You can’t re­ally re­cover from two hold­ing penal­ties back to back,” said Bears guard Ted Larsen, who was called for hold­ing, as was left tackle Charles Leno.

Detroit Li­ons quar­ter­back Matthew Stafford scram­bles for a touch­down Sun­day against the Chicago Bears. Stafford threw for 223 yards and two touch­downs. Rey Del Rio, Getty Im­ages

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