Lions Monday Night Football 2011
October 11, 2011 by staff
On a night when ring announcer Michael Buffer did the pre-game a sight to behold and Barry Sanders received a thunderous ovation from a crowd Ford Field regular season record, running back Jahvid Best took a blow to remember that Lions beat the Chicago Bears 24-13.
Calvin Johnson NFL touchdown leader scored his ninth in a 73-yard bomb from Matthew Stafford to start a struggling offense, but better put the game away with a 88-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
Best, who had never rushed for more than 78 yards in one game in his career, finished with 163 yards on just 12 carries and had several key runs at the end of the second half.
Along with his 88-yard scamper, the secondlongest touchdown in the history of the Lions ran 43 yards the best when the Lions were backed up near their own goal line with just over four minutes. He converted a third and nine later in the drive to the goal by Jason Hanson field of insurance.
The Lions entered the game 29th in the NFL in rushing offense – Best was averaging only 3.2 yards per carry – but coach Jim Schwartz insisted during the week that had seen positive signs of his ground game struggling.
Johnson finished with five receptions for 130 yards. He ran for a two zone defense in depth, which was designed to arrest him for his own touchdown, flying safety Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather last arm on their way to the end zone.
The Bears (2-3) took a 10-7 lead just before halftime, when Jay Cutler found Kellen Davis for a 9-yard touchdown just over the outstretched arms of linebacker Bobby Carpenter.
The Lions retook the lead on their first possession of the second half, when Stafford completed a 17-yard pass to Johnson in the third and six, and four plays later found Brandon Pettigrew open in midfield for his first touchdown .
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