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                 === Bears use stingy defense to down Lions ===
 Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - An early touchdown and two field goals were all
 Chicago  needed as  a stingy  defense shut  down a  potent Detroit  offense in
 leading the Bears to a 13-7 win over the Lions at Soldier Field Monday night.
 Brandon  Marshall caught a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler on Chicago's opening
 drive,  Robbie Gould  added two field goals, and the defense caused three red-
 zone turnovers.
 "Whenever  you can end  up with a plus-four on the turnover ratio and can rush
 the  ball as well as you can, it speaks well for your game," said Chicago head
 coach Lovie Smith. "But they're a great team over there and they fought to the
 end, we were just able to do enough to hold them off."
 Cutler  finished  the game a  humble 16-of-31 for  150 yards and one touchdown
 along  with three runs  for 34 yards. He was hit hard by Ndamukong Suh and had
 his right  shoulder driven  into the ground in the second quarter. Cutler left
 for one  snap and went to the locker room right before the half, but came back
 out for the second half and finished the game.
 "Most people thought Jay would get up," Smith said of the injury, which turned
 out to be bruised ribs. "Unless it's a broken leg or something like that, he's
 going to get up. He is a tough guy. ... That was a gutsy effort by him. He was
 in some pain, but he fought through it."
 Matt  Forte had 22  carries for 96 yards while Marshall finished the game with
 six   catches   for  81  yards   and  the   touchdown  for  the  Bears  (5-1),
 who were coming off their bye and have now won four straight.
 Matthew  Stafford  went 28-for-46 with  261 yards,  an interception and a late
 touchdown  for  the Lions  (2-4),  who  were coming  off  an  overtime win  in
 Philadelphia last Sunday. Calvin Johnson had just three catches for 34 yards.
 "They  combined good coverage with pass rush all game long," said Detroit head
 coach Jim Schwartz. "We turn it over three times in the red zone, twice within
 the  5-yard line, and  once on a punt, that's the tale of the game. You're not
 going to win that way."
 Chicago  began the second  half with the ball and a 10-0 lead, but quickly had
 to  punt. However, Stefan  Logan, who had fumbled a punt earlier with the ball
 going  out of  bounds, muffed  another  punt and  the Bears  recovered at  the
 Detroit 27.
 The  team moved down to the 3-yard line for a 1st-and-goal, but three straight
 incompletions  led  to a  21-yard field goal  from Gould for  a 13-0 lead with
 11:20 left in the third.
 Detroit  then  used a nice mix  of run and  pass to put together an impressive
 drive,  but  again came away  empty. Facing a  1st-and-goal at the 1, Stafford
 tried  to  get the ball  to Johnson at  the right corner  of the end zone, but
 Charles  Tillman batted  the ball  away. Joique  Bell then  went for  the leap
 over the pile, but fumbled the ball and Brian Urlacher came up with it.
 The  Bears  ultimately had  to  punt,  but so  did  the  Lions after  a  quick
 possession and the Bears started the fourth quarter with the ball.
 Chicago  didn't get any  points on the touch, but was able to kill off 6:13 of
 the clock before giving the ball back to the Lions.
 Another  three-and-out from  Detroit saw the ball head back the other way, but
 the  Bears did  the same and the Lions  had the ball at their own 12 with just
 over six minutes to play.
 Yet  again the Lions drove the field and got into the Chicago red zone. Facing
 a  1st-and-goal  at the 6, Bell  took a pass down  to the 3-yard line, but the
 next  two passes fell incomplete. On fourth down, Stafford rolled to his right
 and  tried  to force a pass  to Ryan Broyles, but  D.J. Moore came up with the
 Detroit  burned  its remaining timeouts  to get the  ball back before the two-
 minute  warning  and was finally  able to  get into the  end zone on a 12-yard
 touchdown catch by Broyles, the first score of his career.
 It  came with just  30 seconds left, though, and the Lions were unable to come
 up with the ball on the onsides kick as the Bears took the victory.
 Detroit went three-and-out on the opening possession of the game and the Bears
 offense went to work from its own 41.
 Facing  a 3rd-and-8, Cutler  ran for the first down as he gained 11 yards. Two
 plays  later, Forte  busted a run for  39 yards down to the Detroit seven. The
 next  play, Cutler hit  Marshall for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead less than four
 minutes in.
 Later  in  the first, the  Bears started with the  ball at midfield. A holding
 penalty  pushed the ball back 10 yards, but Cutler scrambled for 24 yards, and
 an  unnecessary  roughness call on Corey  Williams put the ball at the Detroit
 21.  The drive stalled there, though, and Gould hit a 39-yard field goal for a
 10-0 lead with 1:23 to play in the opening quarter.
 Chicago  began another long drive in the second quarter and lined up for a 47-
 yard  field  goal attempt by Gould,  but Lawrence Jackson blocked the kick and
 Detroit got the ball back at its 37 with 6:33 to play.
 Following an exchange of punts, the Lions finally put together a drive and got
 into  the Chicago  red zone. On 1st-and-10, though, Mikel Leshoure fumbled the
 ball  and the Bears recovered to keep the Lions off the board and take the 10-
 point lead into the break.
                                   Game Notes
 Chicago  has  won eight  of the  last nine  games against  Detroit and holds a
 95-65-5  edge  in the series  ... Detroit hosts  Seattle next week ... Chicago
 hosts  Carolina  ... Detroit wide receiver  Nate Burleson left the game in the
 third  quarter  after his  only  catch  of the  game.  Schwartz  said that  he
 suffered  a broken  leg and  that he  will be  out for  the year  ... Leshoure
 had  12 carries  for 63  yards while  Titus Young  led Detroit  receivers with
 six  catches  for 81  yards  ..  Chicago controlled  the  ball  for 34:35  ...
 Detroit had five sacks.
 10/23 01:17:44 ET