Lions close out by avoiding last
CHICAGO — Jim Caldwell was in no mood to discuss his future. He'll find out soon enough if he will coach the Lions for a third season. For now, he is taking a business-as-usual approach.
Matthew Stafford threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over the Bears.
Detroit avoided a last-place finish in the NFC North with its sixth win in eight games. Whether the Lions bring back Caldwell for a third season is uncertain.
"I'm not going to discuss anything that's out of my control," said Caldwell, 18-14 in two seasons with the Lions.
He led Detroit to a rare playoff appearance last year, but a 1-7 start put his future in doubt. Caldwell survived a midseason purge that saw offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew fired.
The Lions intercepted Jay Cutler three times, and took the lead for good at 24-17 on tight end Eric Ebron's 1-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.