Stafford, Johnson lead Lions over Bears 24-20

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CHICAGO (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns, Calvin Johnson had 137 yards receiving, and the Lions beat the Chicago Bears 24-20 in what could be coach Jim Caldwell’s final game on Sunday.

Detroit (7-9) avoided a last-place finish in the NFC North with its sixth win in eight games. Whether the Lions bring back Caldwell for a third season remains to be seen.

He led them to a rare playoff appearance last year, but a 1-7 start put his future in doubt.

Caldwell survived a midseason purge that saw offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi get fired and ownership drop the ax on president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew the following week.

The Lions intercepted Jay Cutler three times.

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1 Comment

  • Andrew

    So for all the early season posturing, for all the coaching changes, for all the drafting and trading, the Lions still only ended up not being the bottom of the heap by 4 lousy points.

    Still think it isn’t an ownership issue?

    Getting rid of Caldwell won’t change things any more than getting rid of the last six coaches did.
    Wake up. Wake up and read what happened between WCFord and the NFL when he bought the team. You know why the Lions suck? Because the NFL has ordained that the Lions will suck as long as a Ford owns the team. That is a 60+ year old promise that is still being adhered to. As far as I know, that is the oldest remaining unbroken promise ever made by the NFL.