Darrell Bevell struggled handling everything from his first game as a NFL coach.
He looked as the Detroit Lions cleared out a 10-point shortage in the final quarter, recuperated a strip-sack in the shutting minutes to set down the thumbs up score, and crushed out a 34-30 victory over the Chicago Bears.
“My emotions right now, I can’t even think straight,” Bevell said. “I’m just trying to wrap my head around this whole thing on what just happened.”
So were the Bears.
Adrian Peterson scored from the 5 after Romeo Okwara strip-fired Mitchell Trubisky with around two minutes left, covering the rebound. Matthew Stafford tossed for 402 yards and three scores, and the Lions (5-7) left away with a wild success following a significant purge after a Thanksgiving misfortune to Houston. They terminated head supervisor Bob Quinn and mentor Matt Patricia while hoisting Bevell, their hostile facilitator, to break mentor.
“It was a crazy, amazing week,” Bevell said. “I just couldn’t be happier with how they did today.”
Detroit followed 30-20 from the get-go in the fourth period after Trubisky tossed a 11-yard score to Cole Kmet on a contraband. Chicago’s Bilal Nichols then caught a short, sidearmed pass expected for Jesse James.
In any case, the Lions made something happen down the stretch, sending the Bears (5-7) to their 6th consecutive misfortune.
Detroit slice it to 30-27 with 2:18 left on Stafford’s 25-yard pass to Marvin Jones Jr. At that point, the Bears had a third down at their 17 when Okwara stripped Trubisky. John Penisini recuperated and the Lions took over at the Chicago 7.
Peterson ran it in two plays later for his second score of the game. The Lions beat the competition in the wake of losing four of five, and Stafford gave Bevell the game ball.
“Guys were having a blast,” Stafford said. “Obviously, it was a crazy one, down to the wire. Defense made some huge plays late in the game. We were able to put enough points on the board, come away with the win. Happy for (Bevell). Happy for our team. Just excited to get a win and thought it was fitting;he needed to get that game ball. It’s his first game as a head coach, and to get a win is huge.”
Stafford finished 27 of 42 passes, and the Lions snapped a five-game losing streak to Chicago. The 12-year veteran has 3,278 yards, the ninth time he has outperformed the 3,000 imprint. He has 31 final quarter rebounds, the most in the NFL since 2009. His 38 winning drives during that range rank second in the group.
Jones had eight gets for 116 yards and a score. Quintez Cephus got a 49-yard score pass. Furthermore, Peterson ran for 57 yards.
The Bears are on their most noticeably terrible pallet since eight of every a column in 2002. Also, the most recent misfortune figures to fuel more theory about mentor Matt Nagy’s future. He lit into his group following a victory at Green Bay a week ago, at that point viewed a noteworthy lead vanish in the last minutes.
“Is this right now a difficult time?” Nagy said. “You’re damn right it is. It really is. It’s hard. It challenges you in a lot of different ways. It’s hard, but this is also why we’re in the position that we’re in, is to let these guys see the authenticity of your belief and trust in them. I think think the easy way out is for people in different positions like myself as a head coach to just chalk it up and say this wasn’t our year, but that will never happen to me and our guys. They feed off of that and that’s all we can do.”
Trubisky was 26 of 34 for 267 yards and a score. The 2017 second generally draft pick played sans turnover ball until Okwara took the ball out of his hands subsequent to parting with it multiple times against the Packers in his first beginning since Week 3.
“I think I was in shock a little bit,” Trubisky said. “I thought we were pretty much in control the whole game. … I was just in shock because I felt like we were going to win that one.”
David Montgomery ran for 72 yards and two scores. He had a 13-yard TD in the main quarter and a 4-yarder in the last moment of the half to make it 23-13.
Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 59 yards and a score. He likewise restored the game’s initial opening shot 45 yards, prompting a field objective. Allen Robinson got six passes for 75 yards.
“I guess since coach Patricia got fired, Bevell (said) just let loose and have fun, you keep being yourself.” — Lions linebacker Reggie Ragland.
Lions: RT Tyrell Crosby (lower leg), CB Mike Ford (back) and S C.J. Moore (lower leg) were harmed. Moore was harmed hindering on a second from last quarter punt return. … WR Kenny Golladay (hip) missed his fifth consecutive game.
Bears: TE J.P. Holtz hurt his shoulder.
Lions: have Green Bay on Dec. 13.
Bears: have Houston on Dec. 13.
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