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Santos' game-ending FG ends Bears' skid versus winless Lions
AP Nov 25, 2021 12 days ago
Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos kicks the winining field goal with time expiring to defeat the Detroit Lions 16-14 during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos is surrounded by teammates after kicking the game winning field goal with time expiring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye, right, celebrates his interception with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy addresses the media after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32)
Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell yells from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton holds a silver football trophy after the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14)
Detroit Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs squats on the field after the Chicago Bears kicked a winning field goal with time expiring to win the NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
DETROIT (AP) — Matt Nagy still has a job and perhaps his team has a shot to salvage its season.
The Bears (4-7) ended a five-game losing streak under Nagy, who was answering questions about his job status less than 48 hours before kickoff.
Nagy said team chairman George McCaskey told the team on Wednesday the Patch.com report that the fourth-year coach was told he will no longer coach after the game in Detroit was not accurate.
“We’ve been through some stuff, some distractions, the last couple days," Nagy acknowledged. “But it just proves who they are, what type of fighters they are, what type of winners they are."
Meanwhile, the Lions (0-10-1) showed no one in the NFL comes up short quite as they do.
“First, you have to learn how not to lose," said Detroit quarterback Jared Goff, who returned from a one-game absence because of an oblique injury.
Detroit made many mistakes, early and late, to extend its winless skid to 15 games since beating the Bears on the road nearly a year ago. The Lions had 10 penalties, including three in a row when they were at midfield that ended their chance to score on their last possession.
“Having second-and-25 or third-and-32 definitely shrinks your playbook," first year coach Dan Campbell lamented.
Andy Dalton, starting in place of injured rookie Justin Fields, led the Bears on an 18-play, 69-yard drive that took the final 8:30 off the clock.
Dalton converted a third-and-5 with a 13-yard pass to Damiere Byrd to get the Bears to midfield. Detroit later helped out, giving them 5 yards on a penalty for calling consecutive timeouts without a play in between.
“I knew it was a penalty, but we had half of our guys with one call and half with another," Campbell said. “I either could call the timeout, knowing it would be a penalty, or stand there and watch them score a touchdown."
On the next snap, Dalton converted third-and-4 with a 7-yard pass to Byrd. With only one timeout left, Dalton was able to kneel to run the clock down to 1 second before calling a timeout to set up Santos' third field goal.
“I don’t think I’ve been a part of a game with two timeouts in a row," the 34-year-old Dalton said.
Goff was 21 of 25 for 171 yards with two touchdowns and a fumble on a play that was reversed after Nagy challenged. Goff threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds on his first drive and a 17-yard pass to T.J. Hockenson late in the third that helped Detroit take a 14-13 lead that it simply failed to keep.
Goff did not get a chance to lead the Lions on a game-winning drive in the end because they couldn't get the ball back.
“I never thought there was a scenario when we left the field that it was the last time we’d be out there," he said. “I figured, at worst, we’d have a four-minute drive to win the game."
Chicago won three of its past four games last season to rally into the expanded postseason field after losing six straight games.
“This week was an important week to believe in each other," said Santos, whose second field goal right before halftime gave the Bears a 13-7 lead. “And, hope to catch fire again."
LUNCH IS SERVED
Dalton did not make many mistakes, but Detroit cornerback Amani Oruwariye took advantage of one of them when he stepped in front of a receiver to pick off a pass in the end zone late in the second quarter. Oruwariye provided some joy for Lions fans that need it, celebrating the interception by having his teammates sit in the end zone to be https://twitter.com/Lions/status/1463947284564094980"> served imaginary food from the football.
Bears: Fields missed the game after injuring his ribs in Sunday's loss to Baltimore. ... WR Marquise Goodwin (foot), LBs Roquan Smith (hamstring) and Sam Kamara (concussion) left the game with injuries.
Lions: RB D’Andre Swift hurt his right shoulder in the second quarter and was not cleared to return, taking the offensively challenged team's best player off the field. Campbell said Swift sprained the same shoulder two weeks ago. .... CB Bobby Price (shoulder) and LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shouler) were also injured during the game.
With Swift’s first of three catches against Chicago, he joined New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and Herschel Walker as the four players in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions, 250 rushing attempts and 15 touchdowns over the first 24 games of their career.