Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Forte Leads The Chicago Bears To A Victory

The Chicago Bears’ game against the Detroit Lions was not pretty. The Bears were ahead of the Lions 20 t0 3 in the second quarter, and fortunately for the team that was a large enough cushion as the Bears were able to escape Detroit with a 26 to 24 win over the Lions. Now, the Bears have to root for the Green Bay Packers against the Minnesota Vikings in order to make the playoffs. If the Vikings lose to the Packers, then the Bears will be the sixth seed in the NFC conference. Any other scenario and the Bears will not be making the playoffs.

The Bears’ offense showed glimpses of being potent against the Lions on Sunday. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler connected with wide receiver Earl Bennett for a 60 yard touchdown pass on a screen play. Bears’ running back Matt Forte carried the load for the Bears’ offense. Forte compiled 24 carries for a total of 103 yards and a touchdown. Forte has drawn criticism this season, though for this game at least, the critics have been silenced. The Bears showed a commitment to the run and that benefited the Bears’ offense. Bennett was the leading receiver for the Bears with 5 catches for a total of 109 yards and a touchdown. Cutler played well–including several scrambles from the pocket–completing 18 of his 31 pass attempts for a total of 257 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Bears’ defense did what they do best on Sunday against the Lions. The Bears’ defense forced 4 takeaways from the Lions’. The Lions fumbled the ball four times and the Bears recovered three of them. Bears’ cornerback Tim Jennings collected his league leading ninth interception on Sunday as well. That being said, the Bears’ defense did show several flaws on Sunday. Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 24 of his 42 passes for a total of 272 passing yards and three touchdowns. Lions’ running back Mikel Leshore collected 57 yards on 15 carries for the Vikings.

Any reaction from this game will be put on hold until after the Vikings’ game against the Packers. By now, you known what needs to happen in order for the Bears to make the playoffs.

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