The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Pro Sports

September 30, 2013

Detroit scores 27 in 2nd quarter, beats Chicago 40-32

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DETROIT —

“This wasn’t a one-man victory,” Stafford said.

Bush, though, just as he did in his Detroit debut in a Week 1 win over Minnesota, was the star of the day.

He burst through a huge hole and hurdled safety Major Wright to give the Lions a 30-10 lead, their highest scoring first half in franchise history against Chicago, showing they didn’t miss Nate Burleson very much. Burleson, the team’s No. 2 receiver, broke his left arm in a one-car accident last Tuesday.

Stafford completed 23 of 35 passes for 242 yards with a TD, an interception and a lost fumble.

Cutler hurt the Bears opportunity to come back late in the third quarter when an up-for-grabs pass was picked off by safety Louis Delmas, who had two interceptions for the first time in his five-year career.

Stafford, though, turned the ball over again to give Chicago a chance — briefly. His low pass intended for Johnson inside the Bears 10 was kicked up in the air and intercepted by Wright.

Three snaps later, Ndamukong Suh sacked Cutler for a second time and forced a fumble that fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley recovered and returned 4 yards for a score that put Detroit up 37-16 late in the third.

Cutler entered the game with a 7-1 record with the Bears against the Lions in large part because he had thrown only one interception.

He tripled that total in one afternoon, fumbled for a fourth turnover and was sacked three times after being taken down that many times combined in three games this season.

“Any quarterback, you hit him enough times, I’m sure they’ll get rattled,” Fairley said. “I think we hit him enough times to rattle him, but he didn’t show it.”

Cutler, who was 27 of 47 for 317 yards, rallied with a 14-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery with 4 minutes left and a 2-yard conversion pass to the same receiver that pulled Chicago within 16 points.

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