Jay Cutler throws multiple picks for first time this season

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler reverted to some old bad habits on Sunday.

For the first time this season, Cutler was guilty of throwing multiple interceptions in a single game.

Detroit picked off Cutler on three separate occasions en route to a season-ending 24-20 victory.

At least two out of the three interceptions were seemingly out of Cutler's control.

Praised throughout the season for his improved ball security, Cutler, however, forced a first-quarter throw into the back of the end zone intended for Cameron Meredith that Detroit’s Nevin Lawson deflected into the arms of teammate James Ihedigbo.

On Cutler’s second pick late in the first half, the Lions hit Cutler’s right arm just as he released the football, causing an errant pass that sailed to Detroit linebacker Tahir Whitehead, who was stationed in the middle of the field.

Cutler's last pick with 2:00 left in the game sealed the win for Detroit. The 32-year old quarterback was crushed by Lions pass-rusher Ziggy Ansah as he delivered a deep pass intended for Deonte Thompson. Detroit free safety Glover Quin easily intercepted the pass which never had a chance to find Thompson because of the contact in the pocket.

"I was getting ready to let the ball go and I got hit," Cutler said. "Same as going into halftime. You see the ball floating in the air, it's a very sick feeling because you don't know what is going to happen."

Cutler finished 2015 with 11 interceptions; seven less than last year's total (18).

Cutler was also the victim of shaky pass protection. He was sacked four times during the afternoon.

Still, Cutler went 17-of-23 for 245 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions - 97.5 quarterback rating.

Cutler ends the year with the highest quarterback rating of his career - 92.3.

"I would definitely say [I took a step forward]," Cutler said. "That's not all on me, that's on a lot of guys - the receivers, the line, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and offensive coordinator Adam Gase. It takes a lot to be successful. It's not all personal."