Second quarter: Bears 10, Lions 7

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
9:21
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DETROIT -- A first half that featured countless mistakes ended on a high note when Jay Cutler hit Kellen Davis on a 9-yard touchdown pass to put the Chicago Bears in front of the Detroit Lions 10-7.

The mere fact the Bears lead at halftime is remarkable, considering they were whistled for seven penalties for 35 yards and spent much of the first half backed up on their side of the field. Matt Forte was again the most valuable member of the offense, as he carried the ball 15 times for 84 yards.

Cutler completed 11 of 14 passes for 103 yards.

Devin Hester led the Bears with four receptions, but also dropped a sure touchdown pass that forced the Bears to settle for a Robbie Gould 44-yard field goal earlier in the second quarter.

Detroit got on the board when quarterback Matthew Stafford hit Calvin Johnson on a 73-yard touchdown pass. The Bears weren't able to muster a pass rush as Stafford stood in the pocket and found Johnson deep down the field. Johnson ran right past Bears safety Chris Harris and broke a Brandon Meriweather tackle on the way to the end zone.

However, that was all the offense the Lions could muster, and Stafford was picked off by Bears nickel back D.J. Moore to end the half.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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