The bears break a five-game streak and defeat the hapless Lions

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Cairo Santos kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 16-14 without a win on Thursday night.

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Andy Dalton threw for 317 yards and a touchdown, completing 24 of 39 passes with an interception. Darnell Mooney caught five passes for 123 yards for the Bears (4-7), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Cole Kmet had eight receptions for 65 yards.

The Bears controlled the ball during the final 8:30, which spanned 18 plays.

Jared Goff completed 21 of 25 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit (0-10-1). Goff missed Detroit’s previous game with an oblique injury. Josh Reynolds had three receptions for 70 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown.

Lions running back D’Andre Swift suffered a shoulder injury during the second quarter and did not return. Swift had 266 rushing yards in the previous two games. He carried three times for 0 yards Thursday.

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Chicago rookie quarterback Justin Fields was inactive due to a rib injury. The team’s leading wide receiver, Allen Robinson, was also inactive due to a hamstring strain.

The Bears led 13-7 at halftime.

Reynolds, who was playing in his second game for Detroit after being waived by Tennessee, broke through coverage one-on-one to cap the Lions’ first possession. Goff’s 39-yard pass was just his second touchdown pitch since Oct. 3.

The Bears took the board early in the second quarter on a 28-yard field goal from Santos. The Bears needed just two plays on their next possession to take the lead.

Dalton connected with Mooney on a 52-yard gain before finding Jimmy Graham from 17 yards. Graham’s touchdown was the first of the season.

Both teams had turnovers late in the half. Trevis Gipson forced and recovered a fumble from Goff, but Dalton was intercepted in the end zone by Amani Oruwariye.

Chicago quickly forced a punt and got into field goal position. Santos drilled 43 yards on the last play.

Santos missed a 53-yard attempt midway through the third quarter.

Detroit took the lead 14-13 at the end of the quarter on a 17-yard strike from Goff to TJ Hockenson.

–Field level media

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