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Third quarter: Lions 21, Bears 10

10/10/2011

DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions regained the lead in explosive fashion with a pair of touchdowns, including an 88-yard run by Jahvid Best through the teeth of the Chicago Bears' defense to give the home team a decisive 21-10 lead.

Best’s 88-yard burst goes down as the second-longest run in Detroit franchise history, and came on the heels of the Lions driving 67 yards on their first possession of the second half to erase the 10-7 advantage the Bears took into intermission.

Despite what’s been a brilliant performance thus far by quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears stalled on their opening drive of the third quarter, and the Lions took possession at their own 33 with 12:49 remaining. Seven plays later, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford found tight end Brandon Pettigrew for an 18-yard scoring strike down the seam to give his team a 14-10 edge after the point-after kick.

The Lions received a little help on the drive from what appeared to be a questionable 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Brian Urlacher for a helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Tony Scheffler. Officials enforced the penalty at the Chicago 33, thus advancing it to the 18 to put the Lions in position to score.

Best’s touchdown run with 5:32 left in the quarter seemed to blow the game wide open for the Lions. Best burst through the inside of Chicago’s defense, and raced 88 yards untouched against a struggling rush defense that came into the game allowing an average of 5.1 yards per carry.