For the third straight week, Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Barkley played well enough to earn a win. But instead of being 3-0 as the starter for the Bears (3-10) Barkley’s record fell to 1-2 after a 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions (9-4) on Sunday.
Barkley and the Bears managed to score just three points in the first half, as both teams played well defensively. Detroit got a late score in the second quarter to take a 10-3 lead into halftime.
Lions’ kicker Matt Prater kicked a 54-yard field goal to open the second half scoring, giving Detroit a 13-3 lead. That put Chicago into a hole with just minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Then Barkley and the Bears defense managed to get them back into the game and even take the lead.
Barkley found receiver Cam Meredith who beat Darius Slay Jr. for a 31-yard touchdown. That cut the lead to 13-0 and had Chicago within striking distance.
Barkley was without his top three receiving options but still managed to throw for 212 yards and one touchdown. He completed 20 of his 32 attempts and didn’t turn the ball over once in the game.
Running back Jordan Howard finished with 110 all-purpose yards in the game.
In the fourth quarter, Barkley and the offense got some help from their defense, who played very well in front of a hostile crowd at Soldier Field.
Chicago picked off Stafford twice on Sunday, matching their number of interceptions from the team’s first meeting back in Week 4.
Cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc recorded the first interception of his career, as he picked off quarterback Matthew Stafford and returned it 24 yards for the touchdown. It gave Chicago a 17-13 lead, their first lead since 3-0 in the first quarter.
That lead didn’t last long. Stafford marched the Lions down the field, orchestrating a seven-play, 48-yard drive that lasted almost four minutes. It ended with Stafford finding the end zone on a 7-yard run to give the Lions the lead for good.
Barkley and the Bears marched down the field late in the game seeking at least a field goal attempt to tie the score. Yet back-to-back holding penalties negated two plays of 20-plus yards, both of which would have put the Bears into field goal range.
WR Joshua Bellamy dropped a Barkley pass on fourth down, ending the drive and the game for the Bears.
Chicago will host the Packers in Week 15 as they hope to play spoiler for Green Bay’s playoff chances. The Bears lost to the Packers 26-10 at Green Bay in Week 7.