DETROIT – Thursday will be the third time in the past four years that the Bears have played the Lions on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit. The Bears won in both 2018 and 2019.
Thursday’s contest will feature two teams at the bottom of the NFC North division. The Bears (3-7) are in desperate need of a win after five consecutive losses. The Lions (0-9-1) are in desperate win of a win, period.
Shaw Local Bears reporter Sean Hammond is in Detroit for the game. Find him on Twitter at @sean_hammond and on Instagram @bears_reporter. NFL analyst Hub Arkush will be providing analysis on Twitter at @Hub_Arkush.
Catch up on all the latest Bears news below, and stay here all game long for live updates.
Cairo Santos’ field goal gives the Bears a win
The Bears drove 69 yards on 17 plays late in the fourth quarter deep into Lions territory. Andy Dalton took several knees to run out the clock and set up kicker Cairo Santos with a chip-shot field goal. The 28-yard field goal attempt was good, giving the Bears a 16-14 victory on Thanksgiving Day.
The Bears improve to 4-7, breaking a five game losing streak.
Lions drive 79 yards, take the lead
Jared Goff and the Lions drove 79 yards on seven plays, with the help of a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty from Bears linebacker Christian Jones. Goff connected with tight end T.J. Hockenson for a 17-yard touchdown pass to the right corner of the end zone.
With the extra point, the Lions took a 14-13 lead with 1:46 remaining in the third quarter.
Cairo Santos misses 53-yard field goal
The Bears defense came up with a stop after halftime and forced a Lions punt, but the drive stalled out near midfield. Kicker Cairo Santos attempted a 53-yard field goal, but his kick came up short of the goalpost.
The Bears still lead, 13-7.
Cairo Santos adds another field goal
Bears kicker Cairo Santos made a 43-yard field goal, giving the Bears a 13-7 advantage heading into halftime.
The Bears later ruled linebacker Roquan Smith out for the remainder of the game with a hamstring injury. Smith returned to the Bears’ sideline in street clothes after halftime.
Lions intercept Andy Dalton in the end zone
After a Lions turnover, the Bears had a chance to really snatch the momentum ahead of halftime. They drove down to the Lions’ 23-yard line before quarterback Andy Dalton was picked off by Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye in the end zone.
Bears receiver Damiere Byrd had two defenders beat by a step, but Dalton’s throw was behind him. Oruwariye made a nice leaping catch on the play.
Bears force Jared Goff fumble, after Nagy challenges
The Bears defense came up with a turnover after outside linebacker Trevis Gipson ripped the ball from Jared Goff’s hands and jumped on the loose ball. Goff was initially called down, but Bears coach Matt Nagy challenged the ruling and it was overturned.
The Bears took over at the Lions’ 39-yard line.
Andy Dalton finds Jimmy Graham on quick scoring drive
The Bears needed only two plays to drive 69 yards and take the lead. Andy Dalton connected with Darnell Mooney for a 52-yard completion. Moments later, he hit tight end Jimmy Graham up the middle of the field for a 17-yard touchdown.
The Bears took a 10-7 lead with 4:29 remaining in the second quarter. Dalton is 11-for-16 passing for 175 yards and a touchdown.
Roquan Smith appears to be sidelined with an injury
Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith appears to have suffered an injury. He left the game midway through the second quarter and spent some time in the injury tent. He emerged moments later but did not return to the field. Smith stood along the Bears sideline with no helmet on while Alec Ogletree and Christian Jones played at inside linebacker.
The Bears later said Smith is questionable to return due to a hamstring injury.
Cairo Santos gets the board on the scoreboard
The Bears drove 74 yards on 10 plays to get down into the red zone. A trio of big gains on passes to Jakeem Grant, Darnell Mooney and Jimmy Graham brought the Bears down to the Lions’ 10-yard line. Quarterback Andy Dalton nearly threw an interception on third down, but tight end Jesse James broke it up.
Kicker Cairo Santos made a 28-yard field goal, which cut the Lions lead to 7-3.
Cornerback Artie Burns starts in place of Kindle Vildor; Lions score first
The Bears appear to have benched starting cornerback Kindle Vildor in favor of backup Artie Burns. Burns started the game at cornerback. Vildor is dressed and healthy, but remained on the sideline during the game’s first drive. Vildor gave up a big play on Sunday against the Ravens during the game-winning drive.
On third-and-10 at the Bears’ 39-yard line, Burns was beat by Lions receiver Josh Reynolds for a 39-yard touchdown.
Allen Robinson, Akiem Hicks will sit out Thursday.
Not surprisingly, Bears quarterback Justin Fields has been designated as inactive. Also inactive is receiver Allen Robinson, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, running back Damien Williams, defensive back Teez Tabor, tight end Jesper Horsted and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr.
Robinson, who is battling a hamstring injury, and Hicks, who is dealing with an ankle injury, both sat out last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Receiver Darnell Mooney should carry a bigger load with Robinson out.
Safety Eddie Jackson, who has been out with a hamstring injury, is active and expected to play.
For the Lions, quarterback Jared Goff is expected to play. Lions third-string quarterback David Blough is active, but starter Jared Goff is active.
Is this Matt Nagy’s last game?
Matt Nagy will coach Thursday’s game at Ford Field. At this point, what happens after that is anybody’s guess. Earlier this week, Nagy denied a report that suggested he would be fired after Thursday’s game, win or lose, calling the report “not accurate.”
Dating back to last year and counting the playoffs, the Bears are 6-15 in their last 21 games. They are in the midst of their third consecutive season with a losing streak of four or more games. The team hasn’t had a winning record since the 12-4 finish in 2018 that kicked off the Nagy era.
If the Bears brass want to let Nagy go, it would surprise no one. That being said, in its more than 100-year history the team has never fired a coach mid-season. It could also create an uncomfortable look if the team were to fire Nagy after a win Thursday.
Then again, everything about this week has been awkward for the Bears.
Is Justin Fields OK?
Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields injured his ribs Sunday in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Fields sat out nearly the entire second half. The starting quarterback has already been ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Lions.
This is probably just a precautionary measure. There’s no sense risking further injury when the team plays on a quick four-day turnaround. Resting Fields gives him another week and a half to heal up and prepare to face the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 5.
Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton will start in place of Fields on Thursday. Dalton hasn’t started since Week 2, when he injured his knee running out of bounds against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Fields will likely be inactive Thursday, meaning that Nick Foles will serve as Dalton’s backup.
Is Allen Robinson playing? What about Akiem Hicks?
Several Bears players have been nursing injuries ahead of this week’s game. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) and running back Damien Williams (calf) have already been ruled out for Thursday’s game, along with Fields.
Receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) is doubtful after sitting out last weeks’ game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Losing Robinson would certainly limit the weapons available to Dalton. Darnell Mooney was the top receiver a week ago against the Ravens and could be in line for another high-volume afternoon.
Safety Eddie Jackson (hamstring), defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (ribs), safety Tashaun Gipson (chest) and receiver Marquise Goodwin (shoulder) are all questionable.