It's gorgeous day at Soldier Field, but maybe a bit warm if you're wearing a football uniform. It's 82 degrees, but the humidity is low at 52 percent. Chris King here in the cubicle with Adam Caldarelli at the game. The Bears and Lions are opening the season for the first time since 1992.
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A lot of firsts for the Bears today as Lovie Smith makes his head coaching debut and Terry Shea and Ron Rivera make their Bears coaching debuts and offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively.
Rex Grossman makes his first opening day start and Adewale Ogunleye will start at defensive end despite missing training camp. Rookie Tommie Harris gets the start too on the defensive line. Plus, the Bears' offensive will be going up against Dick Jauron's defense. Plenty of story lines today.
Here are the Bears inactives:
Craig Krenzel, Jerry Azumah, Adrian Peterson, Marcus Reese, Rex Tucker, Israel Idonije, Aaron Gibson and Ian Scott.
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The Bears will receive. The Lions have lost 24 straight on the road. Daryl Jones returns the kick and the Bears follow that will a pass and David Terrell is called for odffensive pass interference. That's a 10-yard penalty. Jones carries on 1st and 20 and gets six and Jones grabs a pass for a 6-yard gain on second down. Grossman hits Bobby Wade for 12 yards and a first down. Good start. Jones gains a yard and then after an incompletion, Gage just misses a pass near the sideline and the Bears have to punt. Maynard kicks it down to the Lions' 18 and Detroit will take over with Joey Harrington at QB.
Harrington's first pass is dropped by Kevin Jones, the Lions' first-round pick this year. Jones carries up the middle and gets six and it'll be third down. Harrington has time to throw, but his pass to Charles Rogers falls incomplete. The Lions had Rogers on right side matched up against Charles Tillman and Harrington chose to throw to him rather than pick on the injured R.W. McQuarters on the other side. Nick Harris' punt goes out of bounds at the Bears' 43, so the Bears will start with good field position for their second drive.
Charles Rogers has gone back to the Lions' locker room. A penalty on the Lions so it's 1st-and-5. The Bears run a draw that fools no one and that's a loss of four. Now a false start on the Bears and quickly it's 2nd-and-14. Thomas Jones carries and gets 3. A short pass to Terrell and he has running room. That's a gain of 30 for a 1st down at the Lions' 29. Now the two hookup again and Terrell takes this pass down to Detroit's 2-yard-line. Grossman put it right in there. No gain for Jones on first down. On the next play, Jones looks like he's going to lose more yardage, but he breaks free and scores his first TD in a Bears uniform. Edinger coverts the PAT and the Bears lead.
Bears 7, Lions 0
So much for the passing game struggling. David Terrell makes two huge plays. Maybe he'll talk to the media now. Here's a look at that drive: 58 yards on 6 plays and it took 3:25.
Charles Rogers injured his shoulder and is questionable to return. That's one less big receiver for the Bears' secondary to worry about. The Lions start at their own 29 and Jones breaks loose for a 15-yard gain. On first down, Lance Briggs comes in and hauls Jones down for a loss of 3. On second down, Harrington throws and Urlacher dives, and just misses the interception. He didn't have any picks last year. 3rd-and-13 and Harrington completes a pass to tight end Stephen Alexander, but the Lions are short of the first down. McQuarters calls a fair catch on the punt at the 12 and the Bears will take over.
So far the Bears' defense has looked solid led by two of its leaders. Brian Urlacher made a diving play to break up a pass and Briggs stuffed rookie running back Jones in the backfield. Meanwhile, time for Dick Jauron to go to work and devise a plan to stop his former team.
Jones gets a yard on first down and then Dre' Bly breaks up a short pass attempt and he may be hurt. The Lions' secondary is weak to begin with due to injuries. On 3rd-and-9, Grossman overthrows rookie Bernard Berrian and Maynard comes on to punt.
The short punt takes a Detroit bounce and they begin in Bears territory at the 46. Gain of 4 on first down, and now Jones is caught in the backfield again and loses 2 yards. Harrington has to scramble on thrid down and Ogunleye grabs him for no gain. While not a sack by Ogunleye because Harrington was across the line, it's a good as one, especially on third down. Detroit will have to punt. Great job by the defense.
The Bears start at the 15 after the punt and Jones gains 5. Jones again and he picks up a first down after a gain of 7. On first, Grossman has to roll to his left and throws incomplete. He almost fell down on the play. Jones gains 1 and it's 3rd-and-9. Grossman has plenty of time to throw and completes a pass to Terrell across the middle for a first down at the Bears' 43. Here's a screen pass to Jones and he picks up 8 to Detroit's 49 and that's it for an impressive first quarter.
Grossman throws long and underthrows Daryl Jones and it's picked off at the 11 by Andre Goodman, Bly's replacement. Grossman had no INTs during the preseason. Jones was ahead of Goodman on that play. Is it the Bears' offense or Dick Jauron's defense? Hard to tell so far. But considering Jauorn forgot David Terrell was on the team when he coached the Bears, it wouldn't be a stretch to think he forgot about while preparing his defensive game plan this week.
Lions get nothing on first down and Roy Williams grabs a Harrington passs out to the 32 for a first down. Gain of 2 by Jones to the 40. Jones is then nabbed by Briggs at the 40 and it'll be 3rd-and-8. How many Jones' in this game? Harrington cannot avoid the pass rush and Michael Haynes gets the sack for a loss of 3. Another huge third-down play by the Bears defense. Michael Haynes is now a sack away from equally his total of last year. Harris' punt is almost blocked and it rolls dead at the Bears' 28.
Lovie Smith has to be thrilled with this performance so far. Jones takes a pitch and gets nothing, but Mike Gandy is called for holding, so it'll be 1st-and-20 at the 18. Grossman is flushed from the pocket and finally throws out of bounds. On second down, Grossman again faces the rush and runs for a 6-yard gain to the 24. Now Rex throws behind Terrell and Maynard is back on to punt. This one benefits the Bears as it bounces a few times and ends up at Detroit's 32.
Artose Pinner gets his first carry of the day and runs for 7. Now Tommie Harris blows in and slows up Jones after a handoff and the defense comes on and Jones loses 3. Another run and Jones is gang-tackled and gains nothing. McQuarters grabs this punt at his 12 and fumbles at the 16, but the Bears have it. That would have been huge if they had lost that one. Todd McMillon recovered. The defense is doing all the right things so far.
Gage grabs a quick pass on first down and picks up 9 to the 26. Jones sweeps left and gets the first down. Boy, what a difference compared to last year's opener when they were blown out by SF. Now Grossman has to take a timeout, the Bears' first. The Florida product has thrown for 107 yards so far. Faced with 3rd-and-1, Jones picks up the first with a 9-yard run on a counter. Grossman dumps it to Jones, who picks up 7 yards. A roughing the passer penalty on Detroit moves the ball to the Lions' 43. Grossman rolls right and has all day to throw, but can't find anyone and so Rex has to keep it and gets a yard, bringing up 3rd-and-9. Here's a pass toward the sidelines and Gage can't make the play and it's fourth down. About 4 1/2 minutes to play in the half.
The Bears are out of FG range so Maynard has to come on again and his punt sails into the end zone. Lions have punted on all five of their possessions. Harrington's quick out pass to Hakim is good for a 12-yard gain. Williams grabs a pass and he picks up another first. Pinner takes a pass out of the backfield and he's out to the Lions' 48, a gain of 5. Pinner takes a handoff and is initially stopped at the line, but then breaks outside and is tackled by Mike Brown, but that's another first down. That takes us to the two-minute warning. From the Bears 43, Harrington throws and Roy Williams just made a spectacular catch where he tipped the ball and then came down with it at the 14 amid two defenders. Williams was the No. 7 pick in this year's draft. Now McQuarters is called for pass interference on Williams in the end zone and it'll be first-and-goal. Williams is making the secondary look non-existant. Jones takes the handoff and walks in the end zone, but it won't count as fullback Cory Schlesinger is called for holding. Huge. Not sure how you can hold on a 1-yard run, but the Lions accomplished that. Right at the point of attack. First-and-goal at the 11. Harrington throws out of the end zone. On second down, Schlesinger carries and gets 2. Big play here. Third-and-goal at the 9. Quick drop and Harrington misses Williams at the goal line. Mike Green nearly picked it off and the Bears escape this thanks to Schlesinger. Jason Hanson boots the short field goal and Detroit is on the board with :16 left in the half.
Bears 7, Lions 3
Daryl Jones takes the kickoff and brings it out near the 20 and the Bears hand off to Anthony Thomas. Wow. They throw Anthony Thomas a bone, a small one. Serious mop-up duty for the A-Train. That's the end of the first half.
Here are some first-half stats:
Thomas Jones: 30 yards on 12 attempts, TD; three catches for 21 yards
Grossman: 8-of-17 for 114 yards and 1 INT
Terrell: Three catches for 72 yards
The Lions receive the second half kick and they'll start at the 25. Two-yard gain on first down. Harrington tries to hit Hakim and he's double-covered and it falls incomplete. On third, Alexander can't handle that throw and it's fourth down. Busy day for Lions punter Nick Harris. McQuarters takes the punt and hands to Justin Gage and he has plenty of running room on the reverse and he picks up mega-yardage before falling down at the 16 of Detroit. He probably would've scored if he didn't trip over Dustin Lyman since Harris, the punter, was being blocked. First down run and a gain of 5. Jones carries and gets a yard. For some reason, they run Jones again and he gets just one yard so it's 4th-and-3 at the 9. Now the field goal attempt is blocked and Bracy Walker just returned it for a TD. 92 yards. Unreal. What a turn around. After that exciting return by Gage, they run the ball three times and then this happens. You get what you deserve right there. The PAT is good and the Lions lead just like that.
Lions 10, Bears 7
Jason McKie returns the kick to the Bears 36 and on the first play, Grossman hits Desmond Clark and he picks up 28 yards, but fumbles and Detroit recovers at the Lions' 34. The ball was stripped. The Bears are going to challenge the play. It'll be close. Clark may have been down when he was stripped. The play stands. Lions take over at their own 34.
Mike Brown nails Hakim across the middle and that pass falls incomplete. On second down, Jones loses a yard. On 3rd-and-11, Harrington is under presuure from Urlacher and Mike Green picks off the pass attempt at the Bears' 41. Well, the second half has been much more entertaining than the first half already. I wonder where the Fox announcers sit. You can hardly hear the crowd noise.
Jones gets 5 on first down. Grossman tries to hit Terrell near the sidelines and he can't come down with it. On 3rd-and-5, Grossman is under pressure and has the ball stripped and after a scramble, the Lions come up with it at the 42. That brings a smile to the face of Dick Jauron. I didn't know that guy ever smiled.
They try a reverse to Roy Williams and he only gets one. Jones takes a short pass on second down and he scampers down the sideline to the Bears 6. Harrington made a good play that time to find Jones. The Bears need to hold here. Jones tries to sweep and he loses a yard. From the 7, Harrington throws too high and it goes out of the end zone. Big play upcoming. Harrington calls an audible and now has to call timeout. The crowd is on its feet and Harrington hits Alexander in the flat, but he's bumped out of bounds at the 2-yard-line. McQuarters was there on the coverage. Hanson coverts the 21-yard FG and Detroit goes up by 6.
Lions 13, Bears 7
Daryl Jones takes the kick at the 2 and Terrence Holt makes a great play and pulls Jones down at the 14. Now a false start on Qasim Mitchell and Bears are back to their 9. Anthony Thomas carries for 5, but another penalty. This time it's holding on Mitchell. The Lions decline the penalty and so it's 2nd-and-10 at the 14. Fox says Mitchell could be getting tired due to the heat. The Bears need to look for Terrell again like early in the game. Dre' Bly is out of this game. And there it is, a 34-yard pass play to Terrell to the Bears' 48. Now Terrell is called for taunting and that's a 15-yard walkoff and so it's back to the 33, but still a first down. Geez. After a short gain, Grossman is forced out of the pocket and has to run. He gets the first down at the Bears' 45. On first down, Grossman's pass to Lyman is incomplete. He should have had it. On second down, Grossman is sacked at the 41. Grossman tries to hit Berrian in Lions territory, but the pass is tipped by Fernando Bryant. Maynard punts and the Lions take over deep in their own territory. Terrell goes over 100 yards receiving but took the Bears out of their drive by flipping the ball to the Detroit punter on the sidelines. Typical.
Detroit starts at the 12 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the 3rd. Penner takes the handoff and gets 4. It's Penner again and he gains 3. So it's 3rd-and-3 at the 19. Harrington flips one across the middle to Hakim, but he can't hold on. R.W. takes the punt at the Bears 28 and brings it to the 36. Remember, the Lions have lost 24 straight on the road...an NFL record.
Jones gains 5 on a first-down run and then catches a 4-yard pass. On 3rd-and-1, Jones blasts throught the middle and into Detroit territory. Terrell takes a handoff on the reverse and picks up 19, but it's holding and a personal foul on the Bears. My goodness. The holding is declined, but Olin Kreutz is called for a roughing penalty after the play. 1st-and-10 Bears at the Detroit 44 after all that. Now a 5-yard penalty on the Lions. Grossman dumps a pass to Jones and he gains 8 on the play to the 31, and that's the quarter.
Jones gains nothing on second down and then Jason McKie grabs a tipped pass for a first down and James Davis is hit with a roughing the passer penalty for a blow to Grossman's head after the pass. 1st-and-10 Bears at the 14. Screen pass to McKie and he gets 2. Grossman tosses a pass to Jones that could've been picked off or knocked down, but Grossman got it there somehow and Jones takes it all the way to the 2. Lions safety Bracy Walker and cornerback Fernando Bryant are both hurt. Walker is headed for the locker room. The Lions secondary has been decimated by injuries. On first down, Grossman tries to hit Lyman in the corner of the end zone, but the pass was too high. Jones scores his second TD of the game (first time in his career) and the Bears have tied it. Edinger adds the PAT and the Bears lead.
Bears 14, Lions 13
Eddie Drummond takes the kick and he's off to the races; all the way to the Bears 49. Not a good time for that. Delay of game on first down so it's back to the 44. Kevin Jones gains 9 on a running play. From the Bears' 46, Harrington throws for a 1-yard gain and now on third down, Harrington goes to Hakim for a first down at the Bears 34. That was their first third-down conversion. They're now 1 of 11. Harrington throws to Schlesinger and he picks up 30 yards to the 4. Wow. Harrington rolls right at fires to Hakim for the TD. Hanson adds the PAT.
Lions 20, Bears 14
Still 10 minutes to go. Daryl Jones returns the kick to the 22. Grossman fakes a handoff and runs for a 8-yard gain. Grossman's pass attempt to Wade falls short on second down. Now Grossman throws too high for Berrian and it's quickly fourth down. Why didn't they run Jones on one of those plays? Maynard's punt goes out at the 13 with 8:50 left.
Roy Williams catches a Harrington pass and that's a 6-yard gain. Jones carries and he gets 3 yards. Jones carries for a first down to the 24. This could be the key drive of the game. Harrington rolls right and runs out of bounds at the 31 and I think he was hit late...he was. Charles Tillman is called for the penalty and now Detroit is out to the 46. On first down, the Bears have too many men on the field. The ball rests at the Bears 49 and there are flags everywhere. This time, it's holding on Detroit. 1st-and-15 at the 41 and yet another flag. Now two more. What is this? Two pass interference penalties and holding by the Lions on one play. We'll take it. 1st-and-25 at the Lions' 31. There's only five minutes to go. Bryson carries for a 6-yard gain. Harrington is under pressure and his pass is almost picked off by Tillman. Huge play coming up. They run and Bryson picks up 16. Geez, he almost got the first down. Harris' punt is taken by Berrian on the run and he brings it to the Bears' 30.
4 minutes to go. Jones carries to the 32. Grossman's pass is deflected and falls incomplete. Now the tird-down pass falls incomplete near the sidelines and the Bears punt.
The Bears only have one timeout left. After a penalty, the Lions start at the 7. After no gain, the Lions run and Pinner loses 2. Bears call their last timeout with 2:11 to go. Hold here and they'll get good field position with 2:00 to go. Harrington goes back to pass and now he runs and slides at the 7 at the two-minute warning. So Rex Grossman will have a chance to run the two-minute drill with no timeouts and the Bears needing 7. Harris will punt from the end zone. They wouldn't take a safety would they? Then it would be 20-16 and the Bears would get worse field position. That's what they do. So it's 20-16 with 1:54 left and the Lions will get the free kick.
During the Lions' road losing streak, they have lost a lot of heartbreakers, so let's hope that trend continues here. McQuarters takes the kick at the 16 and brings it all the way back to the Lions 47. What a big play. Grossman hits Terrell to the 28 with 1:30 left. Quick pass to Bryan Johnson for a 4-yard gain. On the draw, Jones carries to the 9. What a gutsy call there with no timeouts. Under a minute. Grossman is sacked at the 12 with :30 left. Now he spikes it and it's 3rd-and-goal. Grossman scrambles around and finallly throws into the end zone and it's intercepted by Bracy Walker. Grossman was trying to hit Terrell, but he was double-teamed and it was underthrown. That's it folks. The Lions have ended their 24-game road losing streak.
Final: Lions 20, Bears 16Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun