Thanksgiving is about three things: Family, food and football.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Lions taking the field, but this year it’s a little more than just tradition, as Detroit looks to defend home turf vs. a divisional rival. Last year on Thanksgiving, the Bears flew home from Detroit with a 23-16 win.
This season hasn’t gone as Chicago wanted. Sitting at 5-6 on the season, the Bears have dealt with a bit of inconsistency from third-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who also came back from several injuries this season. Trubisky has less than 200 yards in the air per game, and even coming off a win vs. the Giants where he got rolling, there are some doubts whether or not he’s the QB of the future for Chicago.
The Lions have dealt with signal caller issues of their own, as Matthew Stafford has been sidelined with a back injury, and there’s some doubt as to whether or not he’s going to take the field again this season. Not only will the Lions have to try and get a win without Stafford, but they’ll also need to do it without backup QB Jeff Driskel, who’s dealing with a hamstring injury. Detroit will turn to David Blough to take snaps on Thanksgiving, who is making his first career NFL start.
The division is likely out of reach for Detroit, who is coming off a terrible loss vs. the Redskins in D.C. this past Sunday. They now sit at 3-7-1 on the season, with three of their remaining games against NFC North rivals: the Bears on Thanksgiving, the Vikings and the Packers.
Will the Lions stuff the Bears? Or will Chicago gobble up a win in Motown?
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Bears vs. Lions score for Thanksgiving 2019
Bears vs. Lions live updates, highlights
3:12 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Matt Prater hits a 24-yard kick after a failed third-and-1 rush, and the Lions take the lead again. Detroit up 20-17 in the fourth.
3:07 p.m.: The Lions are inside the red zone again. First-and-10 at the 14-yard line.
3:03 p.m.: We head to the fourth quarter and the game is still tied at 17 apiece.
2:53 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Trubisky connects with Jesse Horstead, who makes an acrobatic catch, for six points. Bears tie it up at 17.
2:42 p.m.: Darius Slay picks off Mitchell Trubisky, who threw the ball behind Robinson. Bad throw, good play by Slay.
2:32 p.m.: And we’re back. Lions get the ball at the 25 to start the half.
2:10 p.m. END OF HALF: Lions take a 17-7 lead into the locker room in a game that’s had its ups and downs. Lions get ball to start the second.
2:06 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: A pretty good drive by the bears and Trubisky and Piñeiro hits a 30-yarder to cut the deficit to 7. 22 seconds left in the half, Lions up 17-10.
1:53 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Prater puts the ball through the uprights for three more points. Lions up 17-7 in the second.
1:46 p.m.: David Blough is letting it fly. He connects with Kenny Golladay on another deep shot on the outside. Lions threatening to score again.
1:39 p.m.: Bears going for it on fourth-and-6 and they don’t convert. Detroit takes over.
1:30 p.m.: The rule is reversed and it’s an incomplete pass instead. Refs missed a clear roughing the passer call on Trubisky.
1:27 p.m.: Trubisky hits Anthony Miller for a short gain, but Miller can’t gather it. The ruling on the field is a catch and fumble, and we’re going to replay.
1:20 p.m.: Lions punt the ball back away and pin the Bears inside their 10-yard line.
1:17 p.m.: Bears can’t seem to get anything going on offense, as they punt away once again.
1:09 p.m.: On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Prater smokes a squib kick off of a Bears player, and the Lions recover. That’s something special.
1:05 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Blough hits Marvin Jones Jr. for a short TD pass. Blough has 131 pass yards already on the game. Lions up 14-7.
1:04 p.m.: Blough and Golladay have a pretty good connection early, converting on a third-and-9.
1:01 p.m.: Lions are driving and just crossed the 50-yard line into Bears territory.
12:56 p.m.: Trubisky and the Bears follow up their first drive with a 3-and-out.
12:49 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Well, that didn’t take long. Blough hits Kenny Golladay for a 75-yard TD score to give Detroit six. Game is tied at 7.
12:43 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Mitchell Trubisky hits Allen Robinson on a quick strike for the touchdown. Bears up early 7-0.
12:42 p.m.: Bears are at the 10-yard line after run from David Montgomery.
12:39 p.m.: Well, we re-kick, and Cordarrelle Patterson brings a ball about seven yards deep 57 yards to the 50. Good field position for the Bears.
12:36 p.m.: And the Bears take the opening kickoff and there are two flags down already on the field.
12:23 p.m.: Good news: Jeff Driskel is active, but not starting. If that qualifies as good news is debatable.