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One Big Quarter Not Enough as Lions Fall to 0-8 After 27-23 Loss


It was their best shot to win so far in 2008, but just like the previous eight weeks, the Detroit Lions found themselves in the loss column again, falling late to the Chicago Bears 27-23 at Solider Field in Chicago.

Detroit did their usual falling behind early act, as it was 10-0 just over 10 minutes into the game, but then the offense went nuts scoring 23 points in the second quarter to go up 23-13 at the half, and things were finally looking good for Rod Marinelli and his troops.

But then, slowly but surly with backup QB Rex Grossman, the Bears pushed their way back into the game. Grossman hit Rashied Davis with a six-yard TD at the 7 minute mark of the third quarter to make it 23-20. With the Lions offense back in stall mode, the Bears finally went up for good, as Grossman and company put together a drive that ended with a one-yard run for the QB that made it 27-23 with 5:36 left.


The Lions next drive was a disaster, as they lost 14 yards in three plays and then punted. They got the ball back with 2:49 left, but then fumbled on the second play when Dan Orlovsky hit Michael Gaines for a six-yard gain, but Gaines fumbled and Lance Briggs recovered at midfield.

Detroit still had one more shot from their 13 with 1:04 left, but after they got to the Bears 45 with :36 seconds left, they only hit one more pass, and that 13-yard gain got them to the Bears 32, but time ran out as they were not able to get into the end zone for what could have been the winning score.

Orlovsky went 28-for-47 for 292 yards with two TD’s and two interceptions. The team actually outgained the Bears 333-320, but were victim to a big game on the ground by Bears rookie Matt Forte, who ran for 126 yards on 22 carries. Kevin Smith only had 37 yards on 14 carries, but did score.

The Lions will go back to work next week as they play host to the Jaguars, who fell to the Bengals Sunday in Cincy.


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