The Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 21-19 at Soldier Field to sweep the division series for the first time since 2007.
Among so many factors that decided Sunday’s game one stands out. The Detroit Lions rushed for 5.6 yards per carry while the Chicago Bears averaged 1.9 rushing yards per carry. Reggie Bush is now averaging 4.7 rushing yards per carry while the Lions run defense ranks eighth in the NFL.
Calvin Johnson played hero once again, but this time against superstar cornerback Charles Tillman. Johnson caught six passes for 83 yards and two crucial touchdowns.
Tillman sustained a regular season-ending injury towards the end of the game. Just three weeks ago it just so happened that Bengals top cornerback Leon Hall went down for the season after covering Megatron. Make of it what you will, but my theory is that these corners are so amped to face the all-mighty Transformer that they overexert their bodies in coverage to not become a part of his highlight reel.
Through his first 100 career games Megatron has 8,740 receiving yards, the second-most of any player in NFL history. His two touchdowns catapulted him above Herman Moore for the most receiving touchdowns in Lions history with 63.
Matthew Stafford only needed 219 passing yards in this one, but his three passing touchdowns were all critical. The Lions quarterback continued his career year posting a 71.0 Total QBR for the game. Stafford has a Total QBR above 70.0 in four straight games, a first for the 25-year-0ld.
Helping Stafford out is his astounding offensive line. These boys: Reiff, Sims, Raiola, Warford, and Waddle did not give up a sack all day long. The studly crew has only given up 10 sacks on the year, the least of any team in the NFL. Peyton Manning and the Broncos unit is second with 13 sacks taken.
On defense linebacker DeAndre Levy grabbed his career-high fifth interception of the year in a red-zone stand to close the first half. He is now tied with Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner for most interceptions in the NFL.
Finally defensive tackle Nick Fairley provided us with an encore to his impressive performance against the Cowboys. Fairley stuffed running back Matt Forte behind the line of scrimmage on what could have been a game-tying two-point conversion.
The Lions go to the “Steel City” to take on the Steelers next Sunday at 1 PM. Pittsburgh has won three of its last five after starting the season 0-4.