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Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions live updates from Soldier Field

CHICAGO – It will be an NFC North division battle on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. Matt Eberflus’ Chicago Bears (3-6) will return to action against the Detroit Lions (2-6) at noon.

Follow @bears_insider for live updates all game long. Shaw Local Bears beat reporter Sean Hammond is covering the game live from Soldier Field. Follow him on Twitter at @sean_hammond and on Instagram at @bears_reporter. Reporter Jake Bartelson will also be reporting live from Soldier Field, follow him on Twitter at @JakeBartelson.

Catch up on the latest Bears news below, and stay here all game long for live updates.

Fields rips off 67-yard touchdown

Moments after throwing a pick-six interception, Justin Fields needed to rebound. So much has gone right for the Bears’ QB over the last few weeks. But after throwing a bad interception, how would he respond to some adversity.

Fields handled it just fine.

On a third-and-2 midway through the fourth quarter, Fields broke free and ripped off a 67-yard touchdown run. The Bears missed the extra point, but took a lead, 30-24, with 9:11 to go. Fields pushed his rushing total up to 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Fields is now 37 yards shy of the regular season quarterback rushing record that he set last week.

Fields lofts up an easy pick-six for Lions

Moments after the Lions scored to make it a one-possession game, Bears quarterback Justin Fields was under pressure and tried to loft a pass to tight end Cole Kmet. Fields put too much air under the ball and it sailed over Kmet.

Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah caught the pass easily and ran the ball back 21 yards for a touchdown. The score tied the game, 24-24, with 10:29 remaining.

Sanborn interception waved off by penalty; Lions score touchdown

Bears linebacker Jack Sanborn appeared to have a key interception late in the game Sunday, but it was wiped off the scoreboard by a hands-to-the-face penalty against cornerback Jaylon Johnson. On the following play, Lions running back D’Andre Swift scored on a 9-yard touchdown run.

The Lions pulled within one-possession, 24-17, with 11:37 remaining in the game. The penalty was a huge call in the game. A turnover at that point would’ve given the Bears the ball with a 14-point lead and just under 12 minutes remaining.

Sanborn records second sack

Lake Zurich native Jack Sanborn had his first career sack when he stopped Detroit quarterbackJared Goff near the goal line in the first half. He wasn’t done there. Sanborn, an undrafted rookie from Wisconsin, had his second sack of the game late in the third quarter. He busted through on a blitz and found Goff in the backfield.

Sanborn was making his second career start at linebacker after the Bears traded Roquan Smith earlier this month.

Kmet scores 50-yard touchdown

The Lions completely lost Bears tight end Cole Kmet in coverage. On second-and-1 from the 50-yard line, Justin Fields connected with a wide open Kmet. It went for a 50-yard touchdown. It was Kmet’s second touchdown of the game and marked Kmet’s fifth touchdown in three weeks, after he failed to score at all last season.

The score gave the Bears a two-possession lead, 24-10, with 2:43 to go in the third quarter.

Cole Kmet grabs touchdown pass

After forcing a punt from the Lions after halftime, Justin Fields and the Bears’ offense drove 76 yards on 10 plays to score a touchdown. Fields threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cole Kmet. It marked Kmet’s fourth touchdown in three weeks. Kmet didn’t score a single touchdown during the 2021 season.

The Bears regained the lead, 17-10, with 7:36 to go in the third quarter.

Justin Fields with another magical touchdown run

On third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Justin Fields tucked the ball when his target wasn’t open. He spun, broke a tackle and charged ahead toward the end zone, where he trucked a Lions defender at the goal line.

In a season of impressive plays, it might have been the most impressive play from Fields all year.

Fields’ 1-yard touchdown run pulled the Bears even, 10-10, with the Lions late in the second quarter. At halftime, Fields has 69 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He is 5-for-8 passing for 51 yards with one sack. He has completed passes to five different targets.

Lions score on fourth-and-goal

The Bears nearly had a nice goal-line stand after back-to-back impressive tackles by linebackers Jack Sanborn and Nicholas Morrow. But the Lions decided to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Quarterback Jared Goff found tight end Brock Wright for a 2-yard touchdown. The Bears completely lost Wright in coverage. The Lions took their first lead of the afternoon, 10-3, with 7:18 to play in the second quarter.

Lions kicker Michael Badgley, who briefly played for the Bears, makes field goal

Kicker Michael Badgley made a 25-yard field goal for the Lions, pulling them even with the Bears, 3-3, in the first quarter. Fans will remember Badgley for his performance earlier this season when he went four-for-four on field goals as a member of the Bears.

Badgley joined the Bears on short notice in early October when Bears kicker Cairo Santos missed a game due to a personal reason. He made four field goals against the New York Giants and was released a few days later.

Santos puts the Bears ahead

Cairo Santos made a 33-yard field goal to give the Bears the first score of the game and an early lead, 3-0. Quarterback Justin Fields picked up right where he left off. On the first play from scrimmage, Fields faked a handoff to the running back and tucked the ball for a 28-yard gain.

Fields attempted only one pass, an incompletion, on the opening drive. The Bears ran for 70 yards on six carries. A holding penalty against left tackle Braxton Jones in the red zone sent the drive backward.

Injury updates and inactives

The Bears ruled out starting cornerback Kindle Vildor (ankle) on Friday. He will not play in Sunday’s game. Undrafted rookie Jaylon Jones will likely see significant action in Vildor’s place.

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson was limited in practice this week with an oblique injury, but he is expected to play Sunday.

Inactive for the Bears and not playing are receiver N’Keal Harry, cornerback Kindle Vildor, defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, right guard Teven Jenkins, receiver Velus Jones Jr., defensive back Harrison Hand and offensive lineman Ja’Tyre Carter.

Jenkins missed practice time this week with a hip injury. Veteran Michael Schofield will likely step into the starting right guard spot for Jenkins.

Muhammad has been out with a knee injury. The Bears will have four healthy defensive ends for the game: Trevis Gipson, Dominique Robinson, Kingsley Jonathan and Gerri Green, who was just pulled up from the practice squad.

Receiver Byron Pringle returned to the active roster, which likely led to another receiver being inactive. Harry and Jones are the odd men out.

For Detroit, starting receiver Josh Reynolds (back) is inactive and will not play. Starting running back D’Andre Swift, who dealt with ankle and shoulder injuries this week, is healthy and expected to play.

What to expect from the Lions

The Lions enter Sunday fresh off a surprising win over the Green Bay Packers. Prior to last week, the Lions had lost five consecutive games. Quarterback Jared Goff is in his second season with the Lions after being traded from the Rams in the deal for Matthew Stafford.

Here’s five things to watch in Sunday’s matchup. How is our staff feeling about this matchup for the Bears? Here’s our Shaw Local staff picks.

Check out the Shaw Local Bears Insider podcast for your pregame listening.

Can Justin Fields do it again?

Everybody is talking about Justin Fields this week. The Bears’ quarterback rushed for 178 yards, the most ever by a quarterback in a regular season NFL game. He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance. All eyes will be on Fields once again this week against a Lions team that has not played well defensively.

Fields is narrowing in on the Bears’ quarterback rushing record, and is halfway to Lamar Jackson’s 2019 quarterback rushing record. This has been the best stretch of his career. Can he keep it going?

Nobody is criticizing Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields for being indecisive anymore

What else did I miss this week?

Here’s what else was going on at Halas Hall this week.

Is Chicago Bears TE Cole Kmet finally emerging as a red zone target?

Bears DC Alan Williams admits he needs to get more creative

Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Richard Hightower discusses blocked punt, Velus Jones’ future

Chicago Bears teammates, coaches in awe of Justin Fields’ ‘special’ performance vs. Miami

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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