CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears forces Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions to fumble at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears showed up to play, Sunday afternoon, in the process showed the once-hot Detroit Lions who's boss.
Their 37-13 victory over a division rival helped them inch closer to the postseason. The defense scored two touchdowns on takeovers and managed to remove the ball from Detroit's possession six times in total.
It was a chippy game in which Devin Hester scored on yet another punt return, Bears and Lions fought after many plays -- including one in wich D.J. Moore was ejected after a fracas with Lions' QB Matt Stafford in the fourth quarter.
Stafford was clearly frustrated after throwing another interception to Tim Jennings in the fourth quarter. As Jennings ran the ball back, Stafford hit D.J. Moore and dragged him to the ground by the helmet. That started in an ugly melee that somehow resulted in Moore's ejection.
Hester was sick with the flu and nursing an ankle injury and did not practice all week. That didn't stop him from returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. He didn't play in the second half after getting an IV in the locker room.
Next, the Bears will face San Diego, but they will do it with a 6-3 record and plenty of momentum.