But a Chester Taylor 1-yard run that helped Chicago tie the score with three seconds left in the quarter gave the club a dose of much-needed momentum.
The Bears sputtered to a three-and-out in its opening possession, which opened the door for Detroit to take an early advantage. Stefan Logan returned Brad Maynard’s punt at the end of the three-and-out possession 19 yards to set up the Lions at the Chicago 38.
Seven plays later, Lions quarterback Drew Stanton took a draw up the middle untouched for the game’s first touchdown with 6:40 left. At the end of the scoring drive, the Lions held the edge in time of possession 6:36 to 1:48.
But the Bears responded with a 13-play drive covering 76 yards that took six minutes and 33 seconds off the clock. Receiver Earl Bennett made three key receptions during the drive for 36 yards, including a crucial third-down conversion.
Taylor capped the drive with the 1-yard run.