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                  === Lions down Bears for NFC North lead ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Calvin Johnson had two touchdown catches in
 the  second half and  the Detroit Lions now sit atop the NFC North thanks to a
 21-19 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.
 
 Matthew  Stafford passed  for  just 219  yards on  18-of-35  attempts with  an
 interception,  but did have three touchdown passes as the Lions (6-3) came out
 of the bye week with their second straight win.
 
 Coupled  with Green  Bay's loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, Detroit now holds a
 one-game lead over both the Packers and Bears for first place in the division.
 
 "The guys are happy in there, but we're not satisfied," said Stafford.
 
 Johnson  finished the  game  with six  catches  for 83  yards  and his  second
 touchdown  catch was  the 63rd of his  career, passing Herman Moore to set the
 Detroit record for most touchdown catches.
 
 Reggie  Bush  had 105 yards  on 14 carries, and  caught three passes for eight
 yards for Detroit, which won both games against the Bears this season. Brandon
 Pettigrew added five catches for 70 yards in the win.
 
 "We  weren't the best on offense, but we didn't have to be," said Detroit head
 coach Jim Schwartz. "We just have to score one more point than the opponent."
 
 Jay  Cutler was  hit all day and sat  out the last series with what the  Bears
 termed as a left ankle injury. Cutler had missed last Monday's win against the
 Packers  with  a torn  left groin  muscle he  suffered on  Oct. 20 against the
 Redskins.
 
 "He was rolled up on in the second quarter and was taped up at halftime," said
 Chicago  head  coach Marc Trestman.  "I didn't want to  take him out unless he
 failed  the  job. At the  end I took  him out because I  knew he'd have to run
 around in the two-minute drill."
 
 He finished the game 21-for-40 for 250 yards with a touchdown and interception
 for the Bears (5-3), who got just 33 yards on 17 carries from Matt Forte.
 
 "I'm proud of him today, he was a soldier," said Chicago wide receiver Brandon
 Marshall  about  Cutler. "From about the  second drive on, he was playing with
 all  kinds of stings from his waist down. I just tired to encourage him and he
 stepped up. Unfortunately we couldn't pull out the win."
 
 Brandon  Marshall caught  seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, while
 Alshon Jeffery had nine catches for 114 yards in the loss.
 
 "It  was really  a  day of  missed  opportunities for  our  team today,"  said
 Trestman.  "Tomorrow  we're going to  go into the  meeting room and talk about
 what we did good and what we did bad, then see if we can correct things."
 
 After  a Robbie  Gould field goal had  made it a one-point game, Detroit drove
 down  the  field and  got to the  Chicago 17,  but a face  mask call on Justin
 Fauria  pushed the  ball back 15 yards  and David Akers missed a 45-yard field
 goal to the right and Chicago got the ball back at its 36.
 
 However,  the  Bears went three-and-out and  punted the ball back to the Lions
 26.
 
 Getting  the  ball across midfield on  a 14-yard catch from Johnson, Bush then
 had  a  pair of 11-yard  runs to get  the ball to  the Chicago 14. Three plays
 later, Stafford floated a pass down the left sideline and Johnson caught it in
 the end zone for a 21-13 lead with 2:22 to play.
 
 Josh  McCown came in to take over under center and a Nick Fairley roughing the
 passer  call  moved the ball  to midfield.  Four straight completions later in
 the drive moved the ball 43 yards and McCown found Marshall in the back of the
 end zone from 11 yards out for a score with 40 seconds to play.
 
 Needing  two  points to tie  the game, Chicago failed  on its first attempt as
 McCown's pass fell incomplete, but another roughing the passer call on Detroit
 gave  Chicago  another chance from a  yard closer. This one failed, though, as
 well as Fairley wrapped up Forte in the back field.
 
 Chicago's  onsides kick  attempt was recovered by Detroit, and Stafford took a
 knee to seal the win.
 
 Chicago  started the  game with the ball and excellent field position as Devin
 Hester  returned the kickoff  to the Chicago 35. Marshall caught a pass for 17
 yards  on 3rd-and-6 and  followed that with a 12-yard catch to the Detroit 32.
 The next play saw Cutler again go to Marshall and he caught it just inside the
 end zone for a 7-0 lead less than 2 1/2 minutes in.
 
 Detroit,  though, answered with a scoring march of its own as Stafford went 6-
 for-7  on the drive, with Johnson catching a pair of balls on third downs, and
 Pettigrew  also  moving the chains with  a 6-yard catch on 3rd-and-4. Facing a
 1st-and-goal  at the 5,  Stafford went to the right side where Kris Durham was
 wide open for the easy score with 5:57 to play in the first.
 
 Following an exchange of punts, Chicago drove into Detroit territory. Facing a
 4th-and-1 at the 27, Chicago opted to go for it, but Michael Bush was stood up
 at the line and Detroit got the ball back.
 
 The  Lions then marched  the ball down to the Chicago 31 and faced a 4th-and-1
 of  their  own. Stafford attempted  a quick pass to  Johnson, but the ball was
 tipped away and Chicago got it back.
 
 Methodically  marching down  the field, Chicago was poised to take a lead into
 the  locker room  as the team got  the ball to the Detroit 4. On 2nd-and-goal,
 though,  Cutler  had his  pass tipped at  the line and  DeAndre Levy came down
 with the pick.
 
 The  Lions started the second half with the ball and got a 34-yard return from
 Michael  Spurlock to  start the drive. On 1st-and-10 from the Chicago 47, Bush
 busted  a run up the middle for 39 yards and a horse collar penalty on Chicago
 placed  the  ball at the  4. Two  plays later, Stafford  floated a pass to the
 right corner where Johnson had an easy catch for a 14-7 lead.
 
 Each  team then punted  the ball once, as Chicago began a scoring drive at its
 own  24. Cutler hit Marshall for a deep bomb of 44 yards. The drive eventually
 stalled  at the 7,  and Gould hit a 25-yard field goal to make it a 14-10 game
 with 7:25 to play in the third.
 
 Detroit's next touch saw Stafford throw a pass to Johnson high and Chris Conte
 picked it off, returning the ball to the Detroit 9.
 
 The  Lions'  defense, though,  held the  line and was  helped on an overturned
 touchdown  call as Alshon Jeffery nearly scored, but was ruled to have bobbled
 a  catch in the end zone. Gould's 32-yard field goal with 9:17 to play made it
 a 14-13 contest.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Levy  leads  all linebackers  with five interceptions  this season ... Chicago
 controlled  the ball for  31:35, but had just 38 rushing yards compared to 145
 for  Detroit  ... Detroit  plays in  Pittsburgh next  Sunday ... Chicago hosts
 Baltimore  next Sunday ... The Lions had lost six straight division road games
 overall and five consecutive tries in Chicago coming into the game.
 
 
 
 
 11/10 18:41:38 ET