Bears 13, Lions 7

Published Oct. 23, 2012


CHICAGO — The Bears solidified their spot at the top of the NFC North with a 13-7 win over the Lions on Monday night, and last-place Detroit's efforts to get back into the race took a hit.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 150 yards and his team's only touchdown, which came before he was slammed to the ground on a sack by Ndamukong Suh midway through the second quarter.

Cutler was on the ground for a few minutes and was attended to by a team trainer before jogging off the field. He was replaced by Jason Campbell for one play. Cutler returned and threw an incomplete pass as the Bears went three and out.

Cutler didn't return on the Bears' next possession. After Detroit's Mikel Leshoure lost a fumble to Julius Peppers on the Chicago 18-yard line, Campbell entered as Cutler had his ribs evaluated in the locker room.

Cutler started the second half. He finished 16-of-30 and also had 34 yards rushing.

Back from their week off, the Bears took advantage of a dropped pass by Calvin Johnson, who was wide open for a potential big gain on third down on Detroit's opening possession. On the Bears' ensuing drive, Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a 7-yard touchdown.

Detroit's only score came on a 12-yard pass from Matt Stafford to Ryan Broyles with 1:43 left in the game. Stafford finished 28-of-46 for 261 yards. He also was intercepted once, to end the drive before the touchdown.