Lions Beat Bears To Take Reins In NFC North

Source: Michael David Smith, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

(Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
(Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
The Detroit Lions are well positioned to win their first division title in two decades.

Detroit, which last won the NFC North in 1993 when it was called the NFC Central, went to Chicago and won 21-19. Combined with the Packers’ loss to the Eagles’ today, that puts Detroit all alone in first place at 6-3, with both the Bears and Packers at 5-4. It’s the first season sweep for the Lions over the Bears since 2007.

But it wasn’t easy. It was a back-and-forth battle all day, and even late in the game, after Calvin Johnson scored his second touchdown to put the Lions ahead 21-13, and after Jay Cutler exited with an injury and was replaced by Josh McCown, the Bears kept fighting.