NFL

Stafford and the Lions Squeaked by the Bears in a Nail-Biting 34-30 Victory

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions squeaked by the Chicago Bears in a nail-biting 34-30 victory, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 in Soldier Field in Chicago. The Lions’ win was helped by a rushing game that produced 60 yards and two rushing touchdowns, and by a 402 yards and three touchdowns effort by Stafford.

Stafford ended the game with 402 yards passing, to go along with three touchdowns, one interception, and completing 27 of 42 passes. This performance led to a 109.40 passer rating for Stafford.

The ground game for the Lions saw Kerryon Johnson carrying the football 3 times, and Adrian Peterson helping with rushing the ball 16 times. The two rushers produced three yards and 57 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Lions had Stafford tossing the football to Quintez Cephus and Marvin Jones Jr. as his most productive targets. Cephus caught two passes for a net gain of 63 yards. The secondary target (Jones Jr.) caught eight passes for a net contribution of 116 yards.

Contributing to the victory was a defensive line stats of two sacks , one forced fumble, zero tackles for loss, and no defensive touchdowns for the Lions.

Compared to Stafford of the Lions, Mitchell Trubisky of the Bears threw for 267 yards with one touchdown, and zero interceptions, completing 26 of 34 passes, for a 108.30 passer rating.

The Bears’ rushing game was led by David Montgomery and Ryan Nall. For the game, Montgomery carried the ball 17 times, rushed for 72 yards, and two touchdowns. Nall supplemented and carried the ball a total of zero times for a total of zero yards. Meanwhile Anthony Miller and Allen Robinson were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Bears. Miller caught five passes from Trubisky for a total of 56 yards, while Robinson contributed with 75 yards from six passes.

In their loss, the Bears defense contributed with no forced fumbles and three tackles to go along with two sacks and no defensive touchdowns. This production from the Bears defense was not enough help get a win.

The Lions walked away from the game with an improved seasonal record of 5-7. The Bears on the other hand, dropped to 5-7 for the season.