NFL: Detroit Lions beats Chicago Bears to go top of NFC North
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 10/11/13 10:34pm
Major Wright of the Chicago Bears and Jeremy Ross of the Detroit Lions go up for the ball at Soldier Field
The Detroit Lions powered to the top of the NFC North with a 21-19 victory over divisional rivals Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Three teams topped the division before the start of the game, but the Lions took sole possession as they won in Chicago for the first time in six years to move on to 6-3 for the season.
Chicago's loss dropped them to 5-4 and with Green Bay losing at home to Philadelphia, they also slip to 5-4 and with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured then the Lions suddenly have a great chance take the NFC North.
Receivers Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson were the stars of the show for their teams, with both men looking unplayable a times and both finding the end zone twice.
In Alshon Jeffery, Chicago look to have another dangerous weapon out wide as he had 114 yards receiving but it was all not enough to stop the Lions from taking the win.
Jay Cutler and Matt Stafford showcased their skills at quarterback as Cutler first zipped a 32-yard TD pass to Marshall before Stafford fired a five-yarder to Kris Durham to round out the first quarter.
Stafford moved the Lions in front as Johnson collected a four-yard TD pass but two Robbie Gould field goals of 25 and 32 yards pulled Chicago back to within a point.
A nine-play, 74-yard drive from Stafford and his Lions culminated in a 14-yard TD pass to Johnson that left the Bears trailing by eight with just over two minutes left to play.
The Bears then lost Cutler as he left the field with what the team labelled as an ankle injury, and back-up Josh McCown came into the game just six days after leading the team to a win in Green Bay.
McCown continued his hot hand as he hit Marshall for a touchdown with just 47 second left to play, but a two-point conversion was needed to level the scores.
McCown was forced to throw away the ball as Lions swarmed on him, but a helmet-to-helmet hit was called on Willie Young and the Bears had a dramatic second chance.
Despite having Marshall and Jeffery available out wide, the Bears called a run play but Matt Forte was smothered by Detriot as they claimed what could be a massive win in their season.