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The Lions were able to move the ball on their opening possession of the match when Matt Stafford got into a rhythm, completing three of his four passes, before launching the ball to the endzone for Lance Moore to make a 20-yard catch for a touchdown.
John Fox's men got on the scoreboard when Jay Cutler moved his offense down the field, although his strike to Martellus Bennett fell incomplete. Robbie Gould kicked a 27-yard field goal to bring his side within four points of the hosts.
The Bears took the lead when Cutler led his side on another lengthy drive downfield and running back Matt Forte pounded the offense to the goalline. Jeremy Langford then took the handoff and ran in for the one-yard touchdown.
Detroit responded and regained their advantage as Stafford was able to avoid the pass-rush after driving his side within eight yards of the endzone, and the quarterback picked out tight end Tim Wright in the corner for the score.
A field goal from Gould brought the Bears to within a point, but the Lions extended their lead in controversial circumstances just before the break.
Stafford drilled the ball to Golden Tate in the endzone, only for him to lose control after breaking the plane. The ball bounced up into the hands of Jonathan Anderson and he made the pick, but the officials overturned the ruling by handing the touchdown to the Lions.