DETROIT - Matthew Stafford's second touchdown pass put Detroit ahead in the third and Jahvid Best's 88-yard run later in the quarter gave the Lions a double-digit lead in a 24-13 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday night.
The Lions (5-0) are undefeated through five games for the first time since 1956 - the year before their last NFL title.
Detroit and its fans were clearly fired up for the franchise's first Monday night game in a decade.
The Lions had their largest crowd at Ford Field and the 67,861 fans created enough noise to rattle the Bears into nine false starts.
Chicago quieted the fans briefly by taking a 10-7 lead just before halftime and seemed to make them a little nervous by pulling within eight points with 4:07 left to play.
Best, though, made them roar again with a 43-yard run that was capped by a horse-collar penalty that gave Detroit the ball at the Chicago 22. He ran for another first down that took time off the clock and set up Jason Hanson's 31-yard kick with 1:56 to go to seal the victory.
ChicagoÉ0 10 0 3-13 DetroitÉ0 7 14 3-24
Det-Johnson 73 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 14:11.
Chi-FG Gould 44, 8:18.
Chi-Davis 9 pass from Cutler (Gould kick), 1:11.
Det-Pettigrew 18 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 9:55.
Det-Best 88 run (Hanson kick), 5:20.
Chi-FG Gould 49, 4:07.
Det-FG Hanson 31, 1:56.