NFL Game Recap - Chicago at Detroit
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

HOU
20
KC
34
F
PHI
17
WAS
27
F
MIA
11
NE
21
F
GB
43
MIN
34
F
IND
20
JAX
27
F
CHI
27
DET
23
F
LV
34
CAR
30
F
NYJ
17
BUF
27
F
CLE
6
BAL
38
F
SEA
38
ATL
25
F
LAC
16
CIN
13
F
ARI
24
SF
20
F
TB
23
NO
34
F
DAL
17
LAR
20
F
PIT
26
NYG
16
F
TEN
16
DEN
14
F

Chicago 27, Detroit 23

Sep 13, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

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2

3

4

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Chicago (1-0)

3

3

0

21

27

Detroit (0-1)

3

10

10

0

23

Trubisky throws 3 TDs in 4th to help Bears beat Lions 27-23
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:04 PM

DETROIT (AP) Mitchell Trubisky missed many targets, sailing some passes high and leaving other throws behind teammates, until it mattered most.

Trubisky perfectly lofted a 27-yard go-ahead touchdown pass into the fingertips of Anthony Miller with 1:54 remaining and the Chicago Bears held on to beat the Detroit Lions 27-23 on Sunday.

"We knew we weren't out of it when we were down 17," Trubisky said.

Detroit drove to the Chicago 16 with a chance to win on the final possession, and rookie running back D'Andre Swift dropped a pass in the end zone.

"What a break," Bears coach Matt Nagy acknowledged.

On the next snap, Matthew Stafford threw another incomplete pass as time expired to complete the collapse.

Trubisky threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help Chicago rally from a 23-6 deficit. It looked familiar to Lions fans: Detroit opened last season by blowing an 18-point lead at Arizona and settling for a tie. That began a trend of blown leads and Detroit finished with a 3-12-1 record.

Trubisky, who held off Nick Foles to keep his job, completed 20 of 36 attempts for 242 yards with three touchdowns, including short passes for scores to Jimmy Graham and Javon Wims.

"He made some huge, huge throws, had some great moments," Graham said. "The kid wants it. The kid believes."

Stafford was 24 of 42 for 297 yards with a TD pass to T.J. Hockenson in the third quarter - and an interception that put Chicago in position to take its only lead of the game. He tried to force a pass to Marvin Jones that was deflected to Kyle Fuller.

"There's plays we all wish we had back," Stafford said. "I can't turn the ball over in the fourth quarter, there's no question about that."

Adrian Peterson ran for 93 yards on 14 carries in his Detroit debut, just four days after signing with the team, and he plans to lead the franchise with his play and words.

"We can't let this define us," Peterson said.

The Lions are not allowing fans to attend their first two home games due to state restrictions on the size of crowds during the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a large expanse of empty seats and very little noise.

"I don't know how to describe it," said Trubisky, using words including "weird" and "eerie" as he attempted to sum up the atmosphere.

To fill some seats at fan-free Ford Field and raise money for charities, cutouts were sold for $150 and about 500 of them filled some seats beyond an end zone.

Sound was piped into the indoor stadium, but it was much more dull than a roar because the NFL is limiting how loud artificial noise can be during games. And when a player was injured and evaluated on the field, the sounds were cut off; the only thing heard was the venue's air-conditioning system.

SCORING

The teams took turns kicking field goals before Swift scored on a 1-yard run to put the Lions ahead 13-6 late in the half.

Stafford was 4 of 4 for 49 yards with the 4-yard TD pass to Hockenson on the opening drive of the second half. He led a drive later in the third quarter that gave Detroit a 17-point cushion.

That wasn't enough of a lead, and embattled coach Matt Patricia wanted to let Swift know it wasn't his fault that the game was lost.

"I put my arm around him as soon as we got to the tunnel, walked up the tunnel with him and told him he's a great player," Patricia said. "The game's not on him. It's on me."

Chicago cut into its deficit with Trubisky's 2-yard pass to Graham early in the fourth period and his 1-yard throw to Wims to pull within three points with about three minutes left.

YOU'RE OUT OF HERE

Lions linebacker Jamie Collins was ejected in the first half when he made contact with an official, pressing his helmet against Alex Kemp's chest.

INJURIES

Bears: OLB Robert Quinn (ankle) was inactive.

Lions: Standout receiver Kenny Golladay and rookie CB Jeff Okudah, the No. 3 overall pick, were inactive with hamstring injuries. The secondary took more hits during the game, losing starting CBs Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman to hamstring injuries.

STRONG STARTS

Hockenson is the first NFL tight end to score a TD and have 50 yards receiving in his first two season openers.

UP NEXT

Bears: Host the New York Giants on Sunday.

Lions: At Green Bay on Sunday.

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Passing

CHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Trubisky 36 20 55.6 3 242 27 0 104.2 1
DET Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Stafford 42 24 57.1 1 297 32 1 77.2 1

Rushing

CHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Montgomery 13 64 4.9 10 0
T. Cohen 7 41 5.9 16 0
DET Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Peterson 14 93 6.6 21 0
M. Stafford 5 23 4.6 13 0

Receiving

CHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Miller 4 76 19.0 27 1
A. Robinson II 5 74 14.8 22 0
DET Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Amendola 5 81 16.2 32 0
T. Hockenson 5 56 11.2 24 1

Team Stats Comparison

CHI DET
Points For 27 23
Total Yards 363 426
Rushing Yards 149 138
Passing Yards 214 288
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/36 24/42
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 0/0
First Downs 26 25
Rushing Touchdowns 0 1
Passing Touchdowns 3 1
Penalties - Yards 6/48 8/77
Time Of Possession 29:05 30:55
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/11 6/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/4 2/5
Sacks Against 1 1
Punts - Average Yards 5/43 4/49
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/0 1/16
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 3/37 2/33

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter CHI DET
DET 8:30 FG Matt Prater 27 yd FG 0 3
CHI 13:30 FG Cairo Santos 35 yd FG 3 3
2nd Quarter CHI DET
DET 9:27 FG Matt Prater 32 yd FG 3 6
CHI 12:58 FG Cairo Santos 28 yd FG 6 6
DET 14:41 TD D'Andre Swift 1 yd run (Matt Prater kick) 6 13
3rd Quarter CHI DET
DET 4:23 TD T.J. Hockenson 4 yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick) 6 20
DET 11:41 FG Matt Prater 44 yd FG 6 23
4th Quarter CHI DET
CHI 1:21 TD Jimmy Graham 2 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Cairo Santos kick) 13 23
CHI 12:02 TD Javon Wims 1 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Cairo Santos kick) 20 23
CHI 13:06 TD Anthony Miller 27 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Cairo Santos kick) 27 23

Game Information

Stadium: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 3:16
Weather: