NFL: Defence proves key as the Chicago Bears tame the Detroit Lions
Last Updated: 23/10/12 10:05pm
Brandon Marshall: Scored Chicago's only touchdown
A superb defensive display from the Chicago Bears helped them claim a 13-7 victory over the Detroit Lions.
The Bears never looked back from scoring an early touchdown as they moved to 5-1 for the season - and their fourth successive win.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler went for an unspectacular 16-for-31 passes for 150 yards - but crucially he connected with Brandon Marshall for a touchdown.
Cutler found Marshall, who caught six passes for 81 yards, on Chicago's opening drive of the match, while Robbie Gould slotted over a field goal in each half.
Cutler was forced temporarily from the field after a big hit from Ndamukong Suh in the second quarter - however it was the Bears defence that impressed.
Chicago forced three key turnovers - with Lions running back Joique Bell coughing up possession on the one-yard line - while Charles Tillman refused to give Calvin Johnson an inch.
The Bears defence remained on top until the final minute when the Lions managed to crossed for a score.
Matthew Stafford completed 28-for-46 for 261 yards and one interception - with his 12-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles coming with just 36 seconds left.
"We were close to getting (a shutout), when we let them in it was kind of a disappointment," said Chicago defensive lineman Julius Peppers.
"We're coached really well. We knock you down, we help you up, then we knock you down again."