Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky leads Chicago Bears past Detroit Lions, 20-13
By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO — Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears finally gave their frustrated fans something to celebrate.
The defending NFC North champions got their offense in gear, snapped their four-game losing streak and let loose afterward.
Trubisky tied a season high with three touchdown passes, and the Bears withstood a late charge by Detroit with Jeff Driskel filling in for injured quarterback Matthew Stafford, beating the Lions 20-13 on Sunday.
Detroit ruled out the 31-year-old Stafford hours before kickoff because of hip and back injuries, ending his streak of 136 consecutive starts. It was the first time he missed a regular-season game since 2010.
Chicago (4-5) quieted the boos by getting its struggling offense going late in the first half, scored two touchdowns early in the third quarter and hung on to win for the first time since beating Minnesota in Week 4. Detroit (3-5-1) lost for the fifth time in six games.
Head coach Matt Patricia said the Lions decided Sunday not to play Stafford. He described his quarterback as “day by day, week by week” and wouldn’t get into specifics about the injury.
Driskel performed rather well in his sixth career start, going 27 of 46 for 269 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also got some help from Stafford.
Matt Prater kicked two field goals for the Lions, who dropped their third straight against Chicago after winning nine of 10.