(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bears scratched and clawed their way to a 13-7 victory over the Detroit Lions on Monday night, improving to 5-1 on the season.
Quarterback Jay Cutler bruised his ribs in the second quarter after suffering a crushing hit by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. He returned in the second half and was able to finish the game with 150 passing yards and no turnovers.
“He’s a tough guy,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “Most people thought Jay would get up. Unless it’s a broken leg or something like that, he’s going to get up. He is a tough guy…That was a gutsy effort by him. He was in some pain, but he fought through it.”
He connected with wide receiver Brandon Marshall on a seven-yard touchdown on the the team’s first drive of the game.
It was the Bears defense that came up huge in the win, causing four Lions turnovers including three red zone fumbles.
Cornerback Charles Tillman was instrumental in holding All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson to just three catches for 34 yards.
Matthew Stafford struggled, throwing for 261 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Lions. (2-4)
The Lions lost wide receiver Nate Burleson for the season after he broke his right leg in the game.
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