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Santos’ game-ending kick lifts Bears over winless Lions

Chicago ends five-game skid; Detroit suffers 15th straight loss

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DETROIT (AP) — Matt Nagy still has a job and perhaps his team has a shot to salvage its season.

Cairo Santos made a 28yard game-ending field goal to give the slumping Chicago Bears a 16-14 victory over the winless Detroit Lions on Thursday.

The Bears (4-7) ended a five-game losing streak under Nagy, who was answering questions about his job status less than 48 hours before kickoff.

Nagy said team chairman George McCaskey told the team on Wednesday

the Patch.com report that the fourth-year coach was told he will no longer coach after the game in Detroit was not accurate.

“We’ve been through some stuff, some distractio­ns, the last couple days,” Nagy acknowledg­ed. “But it just proves who they are, what type of fighters they are, what type of winners they are.”

Meanwhile, the Lions (0-10-1) showed no one in the NFL comes up short quite as they do.

“First, you have to learn how not to lose,” said Detroit quarterbac­k Jared

Goff, who returned from a one-game absence because of an oblique injury.

Detroit made many mistakes, early and late, to extend its winless skid to 15 games since beating the Bears on the road nearly a year ago.The Lions had 10 penalties, including three in a row when they were at midfield that ended their chance to score on their last possession.

“Having second-and-25 or third-and-32 definitely shrinks your playbook,”

 ?? AP PHOTO ?? Chicago’s Cairo Santos follows through on a 28-yard, game-winning field goal as time expires Thursday, sending Detroit to its 15th consecutiv­e loss.
AP PHOTO Chicago’s Cairo Santos follows through on a 28-yard, game-winning field goal as time expires Thursday, sending Detroit to its 15th consecutiv­e loss.

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