The Detroit Lions simply had one of those days on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Chicago Bears took advantage of a variety of mistakes by the Lions, converting several miscues into points while winning the game 37-13.
Two first quarter fumbles by Detroit helped put Chicago in position to take an early lead as they turned the fumbles into 10 points. Matt Forte ran through the Lions for a six-yard touchdown to start the scoring followed by Robbie Gould making the first of three field goals on the day.
Special teams then stepped onto the stage as Detroit put the ball in Devin Hester's hands on a pair of punts. Hester returned the first 29 yards to eventually set up another field goal and then took the next one 82 yards for a touchdown as Chicago seized control of the game.
Jason Hanson provided a pair of field goals for Detroit to draw the Lions withing two touchdowns at the half.
But after the break things turned ugly in a hurry for Detroit. Matthew Stafford three back-to-back interceptions on Detroit's first two possessions of the third quarter which were both returned for touchdowns. Major Wright and Charles Tillman took turns cashing in the pick sixes for Chicago much to the delight of the Soldier Field faithful.
Stafford threw four interceptions on the day and all of Detroit's frustrations surfaced after his third interception. Tim Jennings was down after making the pick for Chicago but got up to run which allowed Stafford to get tangled up defensive back D.J. Moore. This eventually led to a brawl near the Detroit bench after Moore took exception to being tossed to the ground by Stafford.
The spirited reaction by the Lions may have been their best effort on the day. Moore was eventually ejected once the officials sorted out the mess. The Lions did score a too-little-too-late touchdown in the fourth quarter when Stafford found tight end Tony Scheffler for a ten-yard reception.
The Lions dropped to 6-3 and are now tied with the Bears behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North Division.