Mitch Trubisky had one of his best moments of a disappointing season in leading the Bears to a 24-20 Thanksgiving win over the Lions.
The beleaguered third-year quarterback led the Bears on a 90-yard drive, capped off with a 3-yard touchdown pass to running back David Montgomery with just over two minutes to go to put Chicago ahead for good.
Lions rookie David Blough made his first career start and his first completion was a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay that tied the game at 7-7. The Lions would eventually lead 17-7 before Trubisky led a second-half comeback to even the Bears record at 6-6. The Lions, who turned to Blough because of injuries to Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel, are now 3-8-1.
Trubisky finished with three touchdowns and 338 passing yards. Blough, undrafted out of Purdue, had 280 yards and two touchdowns with his lone interception coming on the Lions’ last-ditch drive.
Pass plays of 35 and 32 yards to Miller, both on third down, set up Chicago’s game-winning drive, which began at its own 10. Trubisky then found Montgomery over the middle for the touchdown.
With 2:12 to play and starting from their own 17, the Lions drove to the Bears 26, but a third-down sack made it fourth-and-22 before Blough was picked off by Eddie Jackson.
Detroit led 17-10 at halftime.
Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 57 yards, setting up Trubisky’s 10-yard scoring pass to Robinson.
On third-and-10 during Detroit’s first possession, Blough heaved a pass — the second of his NFL career — to Golladay, who got behind cornerback Prince Amukamara and trotted to the end zone on the 75-yard play.
The Lions drove 78 yards the next time they had the ball. They finished it off when Blough found Marvin Jones Jr. wide open over the middle on an 8-yard touchdown toss.
Prater’s 25-yard field goal with 3:10 remaining in the half gave the Lions a 10-point advantage. Chicago answered with Eddy Pineiro’s 30-yard field goal 22 seconds before intermission.
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