Don’t call it a comeback

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The Chicago Bears went up against the Detroit Lions on Sunday as their first regular season game. Both teams have made big offseason changes with their rosters and coaching staff.  The Lions had the first points of the game with a 27-yard field goal from Matt Prater. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky had a rough first quarter, missing high and low with most of his passes, but the run game made an impact with the two speed backs: Tarik Cohen and David Montgomery.

In the second quarter of play, things started to heat up for Trubisky, having multiple completed passes on third down. The Bears passing game finally started rolling, but so did the Lions. Matthew Stafford went 24/42 with 297 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Two new additions to this team were Detroit’s running backs: a future hall of famer Adrian Peterson and 2020 second-round pick D’andre Swift. Peterson made the most impact on the ground, having 14 rushes for 93 yards, although Swift ran for his first touchdown of many during the second quarter. 

The Lions held the bears to 6 points all the way up until the end of the third quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter, the score was 23-6 in favor of the Lions. Out of nowhere, Chicago came marching down the field and scored a touchdown pass from Trubisky to Jimmy Graham. With a 4th & 17 situation for the Lions, they decide to punt the ball. Next series for Chicago, Trubisky scrambled out of the pocket on the left side for a 20-yard run and a facemask penalty by the Lions for an extra 15 yards. Then the Bears ended up punting on a fumble by Trubisky, recovering the ball was Charles Leno Jr. 

With four minutes to go in the final quarter, the Lions decided to have Matt Prater try and attempt a 55 yard field goal to go up by 13, but he missed it right. Trubisky and the Bears rolled down the field in one minute, scoring a touchdown via a pass from Trubisky to Javon Wims. Next possession for the Lions, with 2:45 to go in the fourth, Stafford looked down the middle of the field and threw a pass to Marvin Jones Jr. that got intercepted by Kyle Fuller at the Lions 42-yard line. The Bears now had two minutes to get something productive going, and they did just that with 1:57 to go. Trubisky’s pass to Anthony Miller was completed for a 27-yard touchdown, and the Bears now had their first lead of the game with a score of 27-23.

Now would’ve been a great time for Stafford and the Lions to execute in crunch time. They started the drive with a third-down conversion thanks to a 32-yard pass from Stafford to Danny Amendola, the former Patriot, which brought Detroit to Chicago’s 16-yard line. Stafford stayed in the pocket and looked left to see D’andre Swift wide open heading towards the endzone; he made the throw, but Swift dropped the football. Thanks to this, the Bears walked away with a 27-23 win to open the season.