Paul Edinger's kickoff hit in front of Lions return man Larry Foster and he let it bounce out of bounds at the 2-yard line. The penalty for the OB kickoff gave Detroit the ball at the Lions' 40 to set up a winning drive.
"Their guy made a good play letting it go out," Edinger said. "Other times, maybe they pick it up and run it. He made a good decision."
Bears coach Dick Jauron said it was more a case of a bad kick than a good decision.
"We directional kick all the time," Jauron said. "We weren't trying to kick into the corner. Paul was trying to kick it a direction on the field."
"I just hit it bad. If I had hit it good, that ball is near the goal line, just outside the numbers," Edinger said.
Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg took two chances at a touchdown, including one on a risky quarterback sneak, with no timeouts left at the Bears' 1. The plays failed and Detroit settled for a tying field goal to force overtime.
Mornhinweg said he thought about gambling one more time even with five seconds left for the win.
"I may very well have gone for it with one or two seconds left," he said.
Making a foot down there may be better odds than winning in overtime," Mornhinweg added.