The Detroit Lions went 10 years in between appearances on Monday Night Football, but something tells me it won't take that long for them to return again. Before Monday, their last appearance was a 35-0 loss at home to the St. Louis Rams. This time around, they beat the Chicago Bears by a score of 24-13 to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1956.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions opened up the second quarter with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson. The big score put the Lions on top by a touchdown, but the Bears responded with a 44-yard field goal and a nine-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Kellen Davis to take the lead going into halftime.
Only trailing by three points at halftime this week, it didn't take long for the Lions to come back and take control of this game. On their first offensive possession of the second half, Brandon Pettigrew scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Stafford, and on the next drive, Jahvid Best scored on an 88-yard touchdown run. It was the second-longest run in Lions history and the only play of the drive.
In the fourth quarter, the Bears cut the lead down to one possession with a field goal, but Jason Hanson added one of his own with two minutes left to give the Lions a 24-13 lead. That ended up being the final score after the Bears' final drive ended just short of the end zone.
Next Sunday, the 5-0 Lions are back at home to play host to the 4-1 San Francisco 49ers.