Bears in Control of Playoff Destiny after Lions Loss to Ravens

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By Fred Mtichell Tribune reporter10:43 p.m. CST, December 16, 2013

DETROIT— The Bears were looking for a hand from the Ravens on Monday night against the Lions at Ford Field.

They wound up getting the talented foot of Justin Tucker, who booted six field goals, including a 61-yarder with 43 seconds left for an 18-16 victory.

The loss bumped the Lions to third place in the NFC North at 7-7. It was Detroit’s fourth loss in five games.

The Lions had taken a 16-15 lead with 2:21 left on a 14-yard TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Joseph Fauria. The two-point conversion pass failed.

With the NFC North race turning into a three-team affair, the Bears (8-6) emerge as the sole leader of the division as the Lions stumbled against the Ravens. Meanwhile, the Packers sit at 7-6-1 and are poised to face the Bears at Soldier Field in the season finale.

The Lions hold the tie-breaker against the Bears after sweeping their two games.

The Ravens led 9-7 at halftime. Reggie Bush scored on a 14-yard run with the Lions first possession. The Ravens got threea field goals of 29, 24 and 32 yards from Tucker.

Stafford completed 8 of 15 first-half passes for 70 yards. The Ravens’ Joe Flacco completed 12 of 20 for 135 yards.

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1 Comment

  • Lil Irish

    Now if only Trestman et al. would come to their senses and use McCown for the rest of the season! Cutler has, and always will, suck.

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