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DETROIT -- Darius Slay was headed toward another week of special teams duty, most likely watching almost every defensive play from the bench.
Then veteran Rashean Mathis, who had replaced him in the starting lineup against Washington after coming in for him the previous two weeks, went down with what was thought to be a concussion.
Suddenly, Detroit was leaning on a rookie again.
This time, however, Slay held his own playing the final three quarters as one of Detroit's cornerbacks.
"I could have did a little better with the fade, but you know, he made a good play on me," Slay said. "I had my hands on the ball but he just, he was overpowering.
"Other than all that, I thought I played a good, solid game. I didn't miss no key tackles and made all the tackles I was supposed to. Made a good play in the back of the end zone, got us off and held them to three points. I think I did pretty decent and can only get better."
The fade Slay is referring to came late in the game, when Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler appeared to pick on the rookie. But otherwise, the Mississippi State product played well in his first defensive action since the second week of the season.
He made seven tackles and broke up a pass. He also didn't get rattled when he was hit by an object thrown from the stands in the second quarter.
All told, it was a net positive day for Slay.
And now here's a look from at the rest of the Lions coverage from a big Sunday in Detroit:
Starting with our coverage, beating the Bears is a big deal for the Lions and Detroit coach Jim Schwartz goes off on player safety. Don't be surprised if you hear more about this during the week. Some Locker Room Buzz and Rapid Reaction to the win. And meet Matthew Stafford -- NFL record holder.
Gregg Doyel from CBSSports.com looked at Reggie Bush and called his impact in Detroit "Enormous. Deafening."
Paula Pasche from the Oakland Press writes about Brandon Pettigrew's day.