- Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears beat reporter
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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.
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.
Second quarter: Jay Cutler led a late drive to give the Bears a lead.