Quick Hits: Halftime, Chicago Bears 20, Detroit Lions 10

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Updated: December 30, 2012
Briefly describe what happened so far.

Charles Tillman once again has held Megatron in check, limiting him to two catches for 23 yards.

Recap

After a first quarter in which both teams unsurprisingly got off to a sluggish start, the Chicago Bears go into halftime with a 20-10 lead over the Detroit Lions.

Chicago followed the usual script, with the defense and special teams forcing three turnovers, giving the offense great field position on all three takeaways. The Bears defense has held  wide receiver Calvin Johnson in check, limiting him to two catches for 23 yards.

Detroit continues to frustrate on special teams, as running back Joique Bell fumbled following a hard hit from wide receiver Joe Anderson, which set the Bears up for an Olindo Mare field goal.

The Bears offense continues to struggle finding a rhythm, although quarterback Jay Cutler’s did spread his first five completions around to five different players — not one of whom was named Brandon Marshall. Wide receiver Earl Bennett scored on a 60-yard bubble-screen, breaking free for the touchdown after a great downfield blocking by Marshall. Running back Matt Forte added a one-yard run for a score.

With 0:12 remaining in the first half, the Lions finally got into the end zone on a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthewt Stafford to wide receiver Kris Durham.

Game Ball: Offense

Coming off an ankle injury sustained last week against the Arizona Cardinals, Matt Forte had an encouraging first half: nine carries for 41 yards (4.6 ypc) and one touchdown; he also added one reception for 18 yards. He also attained the 1,000-yard milestone on the season.

Game Ball: Defense

Cornerback Tim Jennings picked off a Stafford pass to stretch his league-leading interception total to nine. Following an excellent run-back, the Bears capitalized on the takeaway with an Olindo Mare field goal.

Goat

The Detroit Lions did finally find a way into the end zone at the end of the half, but for the most part, they looked like they just don’t want to be playing football anymore.

Injuries

With less than 5:00 remaining in the second quarter, Brandon Marshall came up limping on a short reception for loss. The severity of the injury is unknown, but it doesn’t appear to be serious.

What’s next

Despite only leading by 10 points, Chicago has more or less dominated the game. Had they executed better on offense, they could have been leading by much more. Detroit, playing for pride and Megatron’s quest for 2,000 yards, simply look worn down and out of it.

It’s hard to Detroit shifting the momentum in their favor in the second half, particularly since Chicago gets the opening possession in the third quarter. Assuming the Bears holding on for victory, they will be forced to pull for their hated rivals, the Green Bay Packers, who must defeat the Minnesota Vikings this afternoon for the Bears to reach the playoffs.

About the author(s)

A passionate Chicago Bears fan, Jason Nardiello writes the Black, Blue and Ornery column for Water Cooler Sports. At age 36, he's somewhat technologically behind the curve and remembers being able to navigate through the 1990's without a cell phone. He's an admitted Jay Cutler apologist and isn't sorry for it. He can be reached for comment at .

543 comments
Joedirte
Joedirte

If that was Brady they would have called the tuck rule for him lol

Joedirte
Joedirte

Just got back from the store what happened?

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

memo the the Vikings- Greg Jennings can still catch the ball.....

Communist Rockefeller
Communist Rockefeller

Jeremy Ross returns a TD, insides kick recovered by Green Bay, Rodgers rainbows a TD deep to Jones.

Communist Rockefeller
Communist Rockefeller

Andy Reid being fired is like Jeff Fisher being fired; a stupid decision that tries to appease an angry fanbase by using the head coach as a scapegoat.

Houndog
Houndog

Alright, I'm OK with that!

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

holy mother of god, it's a new years miracle 

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

 that would make me smile 

Rourke
Rourke

Have it delivered, FFS.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

 i agree completely, they needed a GM not a new HC. guys like Ron Rivera, and possibly Schwartz are now going to looked at really closely tomorrow, with him on the market, when they otherwise may not be 

Joedirte
Joedirte

 To the Golden Corral all you can eat buffet table

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

 *hired by Jacksonville, or SD by Thursday*

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 link or it didn't happen

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

this is a sign of the end times, imma going to start going to church, hell i might even stop giving Reesy shit 

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

 truly though i cringe at the thought of Reid getting his hands on Stafford and Megatron, along with a halfway decent o-line 

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  that and the locker room was just FILLED with poison.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 So your mad a me because you're lazy?? dick.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

  i agree, who could they find that would really be an upgrade 

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  or lions, That would be something.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

forget the take and bake, and call a mom and pop pizza place that delivers 

Joedirte
Joedirte

  The Toilet for 3 hours

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

 could happen, him getting fired just put a lot of fringe guys on the block now