Drive by Drive Recap
The Lions came out of the gate fairly strong on their opening drive, before the Bears got some pressure and disrupted the drive. The Bears retaliated with a surprisingly strong drive, with Barkley playing good football and Jordan Howard running as well as he’s been all season. The Lions defense finally stiffened towards the Red Zone, and the Bears had to settle for a field goal.
As the second quarter started, the Lions were punting it back to the Bears after their offense was stopped once again. The Bears also couldn’t get a lot going on offense and punted it back to the Lions. The Lions got some offense going and kicked a field goal on the next drive. After the defense stopped the Bears again Stafford led a drive and hit Boldin for a 16 yard touchdown pass to put the Lions ahead 3-10.
The Lions scored the first points of the second half, a field goal, to extend their lead to 10 points. Barkley led a drive to respond by putting up a Bears touchdown on a nice pass to Cameron Meredith.
The Lions moved the ball down to the field before Stafford threw an interception. The Lions defense stopped the Bears, giving the ball back to Stafford and the offense. Stafford threw a pick six, and the Bears took the lead 17-13. Stafford would have his redemption however, as he came back on the field and led an excellent Lions drive before punching the ball into the end zone by himself to put the Lions up 17-20. The defense held on to win the game and the Lions got the win they needed.
Player of the Game
Matthew Stafford has to be the player of the game for this matchup. I’m still not on board the Matthew Stafford MVP train, but he showed his commitment to winning and this team by playing through his injury and punching the ball in by himself on the last drive.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 11, 2016
The numbers aren’t there for Stafford as an MVP, but if he keeps winning games like this he has to be kept in the conversation.
A couple big things happened this weekend that we’re going to keep an eye on as the week unfolds.
#Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s dislocated finger described as “a jammed knuckle.” Surgery not expected. To wear a brace or glove going forward
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 12, 2016
The Stafford injury is something to watch, especially if it hinders his passing going forward because the Lions have no running game. With this win, the Lions actually moved up to the #2 seed due to the Seahawks loss. This was a game they should have won, and they did.
As for the Bears, they have something in Matt Barkley. He’s proving to be a high level backup in the few games he’s played. He made some excellent throws and would have led a field goal drive to tie the game in the end were it not for some major penalties. I would be surprised if he didn’t get a big time pay raise this off season.