Tune in at 1:00 PM ET as the Bears take on the Lions. Maxwell Hubert will be liveblogging for your enjoyment.
Hello everybody and welcome to the liveblog of the Bears v Lions. My name is Maxwell Hubert(@teedotyankee) and I will be following this afternoon's matchup with all of you out there. Please feel free to imput your comments and observations and take part in the action! It's going to be a great one, let's do this!
A win for the Bears today, mixed with a Vikings loss will put Chicago in the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Bears beat the Cardinals 28-13 last week. That win leaves them at 9-6 on the season.
Bears rushed for 152 yards and allowed only one sack
Marshall has established single-season Bears receiving records with 113 catches and 1,466 yards
The Lions lost to the Falcons 31-18 last week, the loss dropped their record to 4-11 on the season.
Calvin Johnson hauled in 11 catches for a season-high 225 yards, passing Jerry Rice's NFL single-season record with 1,892 yards
Let me hear what you think will happen in this afternoon's game? What is your final prediction?
Does anyone out there have any $$$$$ on this afternoon's game? I would probably take the Lions +3 and OVER 46
Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games
Why do you think the Lions are struggling this season? What can they do to turn things around?
Anyone out there on Twitter? Follow @teedotyankee and lets talk sports! :)
We are just a few seconds away from the kickoff.................................
The Lions are set to receive the opening kick.
Bell takes the kick out to the DET 33 yard line. Nice return to set things up for Stafford.
DET 1st and 10 - Handoff to Leshoure who it caught behnd the line of scrimmage for NO GAIN
DET 2nd and 10 - Leshoure takes the ball up the middle, finds a small hole for a gain of 6 yards.
DET 3rd and 4 - Stafford in the shot-gun. He breaks away from the rush and has to toss the ball away to avoid the sack. DET to punt.
The punt is taken by Hester inside the 20 yard line and is STUFFED right away by the Lions swarming special teams. CHI at the 18.
CHI 1st and 10 - Cutler has plenty of time in the pocket and finds a wide open Jeffery on the near sideline for 55 yards. FIRST DOWN at the DET 27.
CHI 1st and 10 - Screen set up to Rodriguez out of the backfield for a gain of just 2 yards.
CHI 2nd and 8 - CHI is forced to call a TIMEOUT with 11:57 left on the clock in the first.
The Bears let the playclock run down and could not get the play off in time.
Safety Chris Conte (hamstring) and linebacker Blake Costanzo (calf) have been ruled out of today's game.
For the Lions, defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) is out
CHI 2nd and 8 - Matt Forte is brought down as he hit the line for NO GAIN.
FALSE START called on CHI will push them back 5 yards.
CHI 3rd and 13 - Cutler scrambles around the pocket and loses the ball. Recovered by CHI close to mid-field. CHI will have to punt.
The FAIR CATCH is made by Thomas at the DET 8 yard line.