After a first quarter that saw the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions exchange field goals, Bears’ running back Matt Forte got things going for the Bears offense in the second quarter.
In the Bears first series of the second quarter on the second play, after an interception by quarterback Jay Cutler on the previous series, Forte scored a touchdown on a 53-yard run. That touchdown gave the Bears 10-to-6 lead at the time.
One of the interesting points of the first half of the game between the Bears and Lions was the early struggles by the two quarterbacks. Cutler threw his first interception in over 100 pass attempts against Lions, while Stafford struggled with his accuracy often overthrowing his intended receivers.
In fact, for the Lions, it was Reggie Bush who was setting up their offensive drives. Through the first quarter and a half of play, Bush had already compiled 67 rushing yards on 8 carries in addition to 24 receiving yards on 3 receptions.
Later in the second quarter, after a 57-yard punt return by Michael Spurlock of Lions, Stafford drove the Lions 22 yards on a series that concluded with the Lions’ quarterback fumbling then catching his own fumble on a quarterback sneak for a touchdown. That touchdown put the Lions up 16-t0-10.
On the next series for the Chicago Bears’ offense, Cutler threw his second interception of the game. The interception set the Lions’ offense up in a goal-line situation that resulted in a Matt Stafford to Calvin Johnson touchdown.
On the interception from Cutler, Bears’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall had his man beat but Lions’ safety Glover Quin took advantage of an under-thrown pass by the Bears’ quarterback.
Reggie Bush continued to carry the momentum for the Lions as the running back expanded the Lions’ lead to 20 with a 37-yard rush for a touchdown.
Defending Bush was one of the keys for the Bears if the team was going to be victorious against the Lions. The Bears had no answer for Bush in the first half and combine that with the Cutler mistakes, and that is why the team is facing a 17 point deficit at half-time.