The Chicago Bears finished their 2015 season on a down note on Sunday afternoon as they lost 24-20 to the Detroit Lions.
The Bears finish the season at 6-10, marking a one-game improvement from their 2014 total.
The Lions got the ball to begin the game, and they promptly marched right down the field and scored. Calvin Johnson and Ameer Abdullah got the ball rolling with a couple of good plays, and Tim Wright finished the possession off with a wide open catch in the end zone to put Detroit up by a 7-0 margin.
The Bears responded with a lengthy drive of their own, featuring some big plays by Rob Housler and Cameron Meredith, but things took a turn for the worse as they got into the red zone. Jay Cutler, who completed his first five passes of the game, tried to find Meredith in the back of the end zone, but the ball ended up deflecting off of his hands and right to James Ihedigbo for an interception and a change of possession.
Detroit's offense couldn't take advantage of the turnover however, as both Lamarr Houston and Greg Scruggs picked up sacks to force a three-and-out on the next possession.
The teams traded unsuccessful possessions as the second quarter got underway, with the Lions coming close to scoring before a 54-yard field goal attempt by Matt Prater sailed wide. The Bears ultimately got the ball back late in the half after the Lions turned the ball over on downs, but they couldn't take advantage as Cutler threw his second interception of the afternoon.
After that play, the Lions got into field goal range thanks to a Calvin Johnson catch, and Prater blasted through a 59-yard field goal to give Detroit a 10-0 lead at the half.
On their first drive of the third quarter, the Bears slowly churned up the field thanks to a couple of good throws from Cutler, but they ultimately settled for a long field goal as Robbie Gould knocked through a 50-yard kick to make it a 10-3 game.
After the Lions were forced to punt, the Bears took over in Detroit territory and took full advantage of the opportunity. On a gorgeous throw, Cutler found Josh Bellamy in the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown pass to knot things up at 10-10.
Responding quickly, the Lions got the ball into Chicago territory, and Stafford made a deep throw to seize the lead back. After beating Tracy Porter on a route, Johnson snatched a 36-yard touchdown reception to put Detroit on top 17-10.
Undaunted, the Bears got a key third down conversion from Marc Mariani, and Matt Forte did the rest. The running back caught a pass at the line of scrimmage, and with blocks from Mariani and Meredith, he ran the ball all the way to the end zone to tie the game back up at 17-17.