Final

Bears 32

(3-1, 1-1 away)

Lions 40

(3-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 29, 2013

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 3 10 3 1632
DET 3 27 7 340

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (CHI) - 317 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: R. Bush (DET) - 18 CAR, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Jeffery (CHI) - 5 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Reggie Bush carries Lions past Jay Cutler, turnover-plagued Bears

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Reggie Bush was worried about how his banged-up left knee would hold up in his return.

As it turned out, the Chicago Bears had plenty of concerns about the speedy, dual-threat running back they couldn't slow down.

Bush's 37-yard touchdown run helped Detroit score 27 points in the second quarter and he accounted for 173 yards of offense to help the Lions beat Chicago 40-32 Sunday.

"I was a little nervous," Bush said of his knee after missing a game with the injury.

Detroit (3-1) moved into a first-place tie with Chicago (3-1) in the NFC North.

Bush had a season-high 139 yards rushing and a score on 18 carries, mostly up the middle as he took advantage of running lanes created against a line without defensive tackle Henry Melton.

"We felt like we could dominate the line of scrimmage in this game, especially after they lost a key player to injury," he said.

The Lions scored 24 straight points, including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds, after Matt Forte's 53-yard TD run gave the Bears 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.

Detroit led 40-16 early in the fourth quarter and ended up needing that cushion.

Jay Cutler, who had four turnovers, threw a pair of touchdown passes and 2-point conversions in the final 4 minutes to pull Chicago within eight points. Lions receiver Kris Durham recovered the onside kick to seal the win.

"There are no moral victories, but I thought our guys played tough for the last 30 minutes of that game," Chicago coach Mark Trestman said.

Detroit had a big lead to work with thanks to positive plays it got from each facet of the game.

Micheal Spurlock's 57-yard punt return set up Matthew Stafford's go-ahead TD with 6:09 left in the first half, when he recovered his own fumble on a 1-yard sneak. Stafford threw a 2-yard TD to Calvin Johnson on the Lions' next possession, one play after safety Glover Quin returned Cutler's second interception for 42 yards.

"This wasn't a one-man victory," Stafford said.

Bush, though, just as he did in his Detroit debut in a Week 1 win over Minnesota, was the star of the day.

He burst through a huge hole and hurdled safety Major Wright to give the Lions a 30-10 lead, their highest scoring first half in franchise history against Chicago, showing they didn't miss Nate Burleson very much. Burleson, the team's No. 2 receiver, broke his left arm in a one-car accident last Tuesday.

Stafford completed 23 of 35 passes for 242 yards with a TD, an interception and a lost fumble.

Cutler hurt the Bears opportunity to come back late in the third quarter when an up-for-grabs pass was picked off by safety Louis Delmas, who had two interceptions for the first time in his five-year career.

Stafford, though, turned the ball over again to give Chicago a chance -- briefly. His low pass intended for Johnson inside the Bears 10 was kicked up in the air and intercepted by Wright.

Three snaps later, Ndamukong Suh sacked Cutler for a second time and forced a fumble that fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley recovered and returned 4 yards for a score that put Detroit up 37-16 late in the third.

Cutler entered the game with a 7-1 record with the Bears against the Lions in large part because he had thrown only one interception.

He tripled that total in one afternoon, fumbled for a fourth turnover and was sacked three times after being taken down that many times combined in three games this season.

"Any quarterback, you hit him enough times, I'm sure they'll get rattled," Fairley said. "I think we hit him enough times to rattle him, but he didn't show it."

Cutler, who was 27 of 47 for 317 yards, rallied with a 14-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery with 4 minutes left and a 2-yard conversion pass to the same receiver that pulled Chicago within 16 points.

"I felt good about my decision making," he said. "I just missed some throws."

Cutler connected on some more later, but it was too late. He threw a 10-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett with 43 seconds left and found Brandon Marshall for a 2-point conversion that made it 40-32, making a game that was lopsided for much of the game appear to be close.

"Three picks and a fumble, it's hard to come back from," Cutler acknowledged.

Game notes


Lions CB Rashean Mathis left the game in the first half with a concussion and didn't return, and CB Chris Houston didn't finish the game because of a leg injury, Schwartz said. ... Forte finished with 95 yards rushing on 14 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHI
DET
1st Downs1823
Passing 1st downs
1313
Rushing 1st downs
410
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
1-132-10
4th down efficiency
2-20-0
Total Plays6666
Total Yards417387
Yards per play6.35.9
Total Drives1614
Passing286228
Comp-Att
27-4723-35
Yards per pass
5.76.3
Interceptions thrown
31
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-311-14
Rushing131159
Rushing Attempts
1630
Yards per rush
8.25.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-52-5
Penalties4-303-25
Turnovers43
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
31
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession28:1131:49

Passing Leaders

CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler27/473176.7233-31
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford23/352426.9111-14

Rushing Leaders

CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte14956.8153
Jeffery12727.0027
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bush181397.7137
Bell7121.706

Receiving Leaders

CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jeffery510721.4144
Bennett89011.3030
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Durham35819.3024
Pettigrew7547.7011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCHIDET
chiFG8:38Robbie Gould 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yds, 3:21
30
detFG2:42David Akers 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yds, 5:56
33
SECOND QUARTERCHIDET
detFG14:32David Akers 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 18 yds, 1:46
36
chiTD13:54Matt Forte 53 Yard Run (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yds, 0:44
106
detFG10:24David Akers 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 61 yds, 3:25
109
detTD6:12Matthew Stafford Fumble Recovery (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 22 yds, 2:03
1016
detTD5:51Calvin Johnson 2 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 2 yds, 0:04
1023
detTD2:52Reggie Bush 37 Yard Run (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 51 yds, 0:52
1030
chiFG0:03Robbie Gould 28 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 36 yds, 0:20
1330
THIRD QUARTERCHIDET
chiFG9:08Robbie Gould 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 73 yds, 2:22
1630
detTD0:27Nick Fairley 4 Yard Fumble Return (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, -12 yds, 0:16
1637
FOURTH QUARTERCHIDET
detFG9:02David Akers 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yds, 4:17
1640
chiTD4:05Alshon Jeffery 14 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Jay Cutler Pass to Alshon Jeffery For Two-Point Conversion is Go)
Drive info: 12 plays, 77 yds, 4:57
2440
chiTD0:47Earl Bennett 10 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Jay Cutler Pass to Brandon Marshall For Two-Point Conversion is )
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yds, 2:16
3240