Final

Lions 23

(0-8, 0-5 away)

Bears 27

(5-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 2, 2008

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 23 0 023
CHI 10 3 7 727

Top Performers

Passing: D. Orlovsky (DET) - 292 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Forte (CHI) - 22 CAR, 126 YDS

Receiving: C. Johnson (DET) - 8 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Grossman leads Bears to victory over Lions

ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- Rex Grossman dived into the end zone, then ran to the side and spiked the ball. He had something to celebrate and the Chicago Bears had reason to exhale.

Grossman came off the bench to replace injured quarterback Kyle Orton and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:36 left, helping the Bears rally from a 10-point deficit for a 27-23 victory over the winless Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The Lions continued their worst start since 2002 (0-12 beginning) as they fell to 0-8 despite scoring 23 points in the second quarter alone.

• Rex Grossman came on in relief of an injured Kyle Orton and led the comeback with a passing and rushing touchdown.

• Matt Forte, the NFC's leading rookie rusher, rushed for a season high 126 yards, his first 100-yard game since the Bears season opener.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

"I always thought odds are I was going to play a little bit, so we'll see what happens," said Grossman, the former starter who lost his job in the preseason. "I never figured that I wouldnt play at all. Odds are that at least two quarterbacks play some -- especially here in Chicago."

Matt Forte had 126 yards rushing for the Bears, who lost Orton to a right ankle injury and safety Mike Brown to a calf problem late in the first half. They didn't lose the game, though.

They can thank Grossman and Forte, who ran for 40 of Chicago's 54 yards on the go-ahead drive. His 19-yard dash put the ball on the 1 and Jason McKie got it back there with a 5-yarder after an illegal procedure penalty, setting up Grossman's 1-yard plunge that put Chicago ahead 27-23.

"That was a fun play, I guess," Grossman said.

Did he feel any personal satisfaction?

"No. It was team satisfaction all the way," Grossman said.

A source close to Orton told ESPN's Michael Smith on Sunday that the quarterback will miss at least a month with a high ankle sprain.

The game was a big relief for the Bears, who moved ahead of Green Bay to take sole possession of the NFC North lead.

Lance Briggs forced and recovered a fumble by Detroit's Michael Gaines at the Chicago 44 with 2:17 left, but the Lions got the ball back and drove to the Chicago 32. The Bears (5-3) then broke up a pass intended for Calvin Johnson in the end zone on the final play, and Detroit's search for a win continued.

After building a 23-13 halftime lead, the Lions (0-8) were in good position for their first victory since they beat Kansas City on Dec. 23. Instead, they're now the lone winless team.

While Daunte Culpepper agreed to a contract with Detroit, Dan Orlovsky made a case to keep his job after a brutal start. He was 28-of-47 for 292 yards and two touchdowns but threw two interceptions. Brown picked him off on the opening drive, leading to a field goal by Robbie Gould, and he tripped while dropping back to pass on the next possession. That resulted in an 11-yard loss, but things got better from there even though Craig Steltz intercepted a pass intended for Johnson at the goal line early in the fourth quarter.

"I'm a confident player and I have a confidence with the guys I'm out there with," Orlovsky said. "I try to stay even keel. I wasn't too high, wasn't too low. I knew they were going to make a little run. They're a good football team, but in the end I didn't do enough."

Grossman was 9-of-19 passing for 58 yards in a shaky performance that drew boos from the crowd.

His 6-yard TD pass to Rashied Davis midway through the third quarter pulled Chicago to 23-20, but it was clear why the Bears gave the job to Orton.

Passes by Grossman got deflected, and he was picked off by Dewayne White after Steltz's interception.

Still, the Bears won despite some scary moments. Meanwhile, the Lions lost another close game after dropping the previous three by eight points or fewer.

Jason Hanson had just kicked a 52-yard field goal to extend Detroit's lead to 10 with 1:05 left in the first half when Brown, who has a long history of injuries, walked to the locker room with a calf problem. Orton was taken from the field on a cart moments later, following a rollout to his right. He got hit by Cory Redding, and White fell on Orton as he was hitting the turf.

Orton finished 8-of-14 passing for 108 yards. He also had a 5-yard touchdown run.

The Bears beat the Lions 34-7 at Ford Field last month, and it looked as though more of the same was in store as Chicago grabbed an early 10-0 lead. But the momentum shifted quickly, with Johnson's 17-yard touchdown catch giving Detroit a 13-10 edge early in the second quarter.

Chicago had starting cornerbacks Nathan Vasher (wrist) and Charles Tillman (shoulder) back from injuries but had trouble stopping the Lions in the first half. Then, the Bears shut them down.

"I think our gut was checked and we came through in the end," Tillman said.

Game notes


The Lions' 23 points through the first two quarters were a season high for one half. ... Brown's interception was his first since last year's opener at San Diego, when he tore an anterior-cruciate ligament. ... LT Chris Williams, the 14th pick in the draft, played on special teams after being out the first seven games with a back injury.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
CHI
1st Downs2118
Passing 1st downs
179
Rushing 1st downs
49
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
7-175-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays7564
Total Yards333320
Yards per play4.45.0
Total Drives1513
Passing280166
Comp-Att
28-4716-32
Yards per pass
5.75.0
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-121-0
Rushing53154
Rushing Attempts
2631
Yards per rush
2.05.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-43-4
Penalties4-363-25
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:0927:51

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Orlovsky28/472926.2222-12
CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Orton8/141087.7001-0
Grossman8/18583.2110-0

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith14372.6111
Johnson8192.406
CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte221265.7020
Hester2115.5011

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson89411.8118
McDonald66510.8114
CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis56412.8124
Hester34214.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETCHI
chiFG11:19Robbie Gould 36 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 34 yds, 2:21
03
chiTD4:40Kyle Orton 5 Yard Run (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yds, 4:46
010
SECOND QUARTERDETCHI
detTD13:25Kevin Smith 1 Yard Run (Jason Hanson Kick is No Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 70 yds, 6:11
610
detTD13:14Calvin Johnson 17 Yard Pass From Dan Orlovsky (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 17 yds, 0:00
1310
detTD6:55Shaun Mcdonald 14 Yard Pass From Dan Orlovsky (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yds, 4:02
2010
chiFG4:46Robbie Gould 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 37 yds, 2:07
2013
detFG1:10Jason Hanson 52 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 36 yds, 3:36
2313
THIRD QUARTERDETCHI
chiTD7:05Rashied Davis 6 Yard Pass From Rex Grossman (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 49 yds, 1:37
2320
FOURTH QUARTERDETCHI
chiTD5:44Rex Grossman 1 Yard Run (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yds, 3:01
2327