Tru­bisky’s 3rd TD pass lifts Bears to 24-20 win over Lions

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Larry Lage AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) >> Mitchell Tru­bisky threw a go-ahead, 3-yard touch­down pass to David Mont­gomery with 2:17 left, lift­ing the Chicago Bears to a 24-20 win over the slump­ing Detroit Lions on Thurs­day.

The Bears took the lead on the nine-play, 90-yard drive and sealed the vic­tory on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion with Ed­die Jack­son’s in­ter­cep­tion.

Rookie quar­ter­back David Blough led Detroit’s last drive to the Chicago 26 in the fi­nal minute be­fore los­ing 13 yards on a sack to leave a des­per­a­tion pass as the only op­tion and Jack­son picked off his heave.

Chicago (6-6) has won three of four games after los­ing four in a row to stay in the NFC play­off pic­ture.

The Lions (3-8-1) have lost five straight for the first time un­der sec­ond-year coach Matt Pa­tri­cia.

Detroit led for much of the game de­spite start­ing a third­string quar­ter­back, who it ac­quired from Cleve­land for a swap of sev­enth-round picks. Matthew Stafford was out for a fourth straight game with back and hip in­juries and his backup, Jeff Driskel, was lim­ited by a ham­string in­jury.

Blough, an un­drafted player from Pur­due, threw a 75-yard TD on his first com­ple­tion to Kenny Gol­la­day to pull the Lions into a

7-all tie. Blough threw an 8-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones late in the first quarter to put Detroit ahead 147.

Tru­bisky had an 18-yard TD pass to rookie tight end Jes­per Horsted to make it 17-all late in the third quarter.

Tru­bisky fin­ished 29 of 38 with three TDs, match­ing a sea­son high he also equaled in a win over Detroit ear­lier this month, for 338 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion. He got off to a strong start with a 10-yard pass to Allen Robin­son and closed the game well enough for Chicago to score more than 20 points for the first time in more than a month.

Blough was 22 of 38 for 280 yards with two TDs and an in­ter­cep­tion. SHOW GOES ON Brothers Os­borne, a coun­try mu­sic duo, per­formed at half­time and the show did not go as planned. Fans were asked to turn on the flash­lights on their mo­bile phones when the lights were turned off at Ford Field. After the lights dimmed, the in­door sta­dium was il­lu­mi­nated again be­fore go­ing dark fol­low­ing an awk­ward de­lay.

The tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties led to the mu­si­cal artists be­ing on the field longer than ex­pected, forc­ing play­ers to warm up be­hind and around an elab­o­rate stage.

Ford Field of­fi­cials said in a state­ment that “parts of the sta­dium lost power due to an out­side util­ity fail­ure. Though it was quickly re­stored, the sound sys­tem trans­mit­ter re­quired two min­utes to re­set and re­con­nect.” IN­JURIES Bears: CB Prince Amuka­mara

went down and walked off the field slowly late in the game after break­ing up a pass. Four starters WR Tay­lor Gabriel (con­cus­sion), TE Adam Sha­heen (foot), OT Bobby Massie (an­kle) and LB Danny Tre­vathan (el­bow) were in­ac­tive.

Lions: DT Da­mon “Snacks” Har­ri­son (knee, calf), CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) and re­turn spe­cial­ist Ja­mal Agnew (an­kle) were in­ac­tive. UP NEXT Bears: Host Dal­las on Thurs­day, Dec. 5.

Lions: Play at Min­nesota on Dec. 8.


Chicago Bears free safety Ed­die Jack­son (39) in­ter­cepts a pass in­tended for Detroit Lions wide re­ceiver Kenny Gol­la­day (19) to seal the win over the Lions dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game, Thurs­day, Nov. 28, 2019, in Detroit.

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