Detroit Lions ran right through Bears to keep playoff hopes alive

Justin Fields ran all over the Detroit Lions in the first quarter.

But then, the Lions finally contained him.

A game with the potential for a shootout turned lopsided early in the second half. The Lions, from the second quarter on, shut down Fields and dominated the Bears in all facets Sunday, winning 41-10 in the finale at Ford Field and keeping their playoff hopes alive.

“The only downside about today is the fact that this is our last home game,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “But as far as where we’re at right now, it doesn’t get any better than this.”

To make the playoffs, the Lions (8-8) — winners in seven of their past nine games — need to beat the Green Bay Packers in next week’s showdown at Lambeau Field. They also need one loss from the Seattle Seahawks.

“It means everything,” Campbell said. “It’s just so special. It’s as good as it can get. I mean, seriously, you get to go to historic Lambeau, where the top (team) in this division has been Green Bay every year for years, and earn your right to potentially get in.”

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Lions linebacker James Houston (59) knocks the ball away from Bears quarterback Justin Fields during the first half Jan.  1, 2023, in Detroit.

Fields, who thrashed the Lions’ defense in Week 10, ran for 105 yards in the first quarter. At the time, the dynamic quarterback was on pace for a whopping 420 rushing yards. He looked completely in control of the tempo.

But Fields finished with 10 carries for 132 yards on the ground. His arm, the weak link of his skills, failed to help him adjust. He completed 7 of 21 passes for 75 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Lions sacked him seven times.

“That was the key to this game,” Campbell said. “We got hurt early, and that was self-induced. It happened to us a couple times, and we let (Fields) out of (the pocket). But our athleticism in some areas showed up when it needed to. … All in all, I thought we snapped back on defense. We were much more physical.”

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