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Quick thoughts on the Lions 24-20 victory over the Bears

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Quick thoughts on the Lions' finale.

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  • Ezekiel Ansah won't finish the season with the most sacks in the league and he fell just a half sack short of the franchise record, but he was huge against the Bears. He sacked Jay Cutler once and forced two bad throws by Cutler that resulted in interceptions.

  • I have mixed feelings on how Matthew Stafford played on Sunday. There were a few drives he looked unstoppable, and his final statline was impressive once again (28-39 for 298 yards, 3 touchdown, 0 interception, 119.4 passer rating). However, Stafford took a lot of bad sacks early on and missed on a few key throws. Overall, not his best game, but it doesn't change the fact that he had a phenomenal end to the season. 

  • This was a prototypical game for Stephen Tulloch. Once again, outstanding in run defense (led the team with eight tackles), a big liability in defending the pass.

  • Quandre Diggs reminded us all that he's a rookie. 

  • That 59-yard field goal from Matt Prater was the most impressive feat from a Lions kicker in a long, long time. Just ask Robbie Gould how easy it is to kick at Soldier Field

  • That would have been a storybook ending for Calvin Johnson's career in Detroit (at least, by Lions' standards), but I firmly believe he isn't going anywhere. 

  • Aside from Stafford and Megatron, the offense had a pretty slow day against a bad Bears defense. The running game couldn't get going after a successful first drive. Michael Ola's injury may have something to do with the struggle. 

  • With the win, the Lions will pick no higher than 14 overall. But with the Bills and Colts winning, they will pick no lower than 16. Root for the Raiders to beat the Chiefs and the Rams to defeat the 49ers. The Lions will pick 14th if those two teams win.

  • It may have not been the ending fans wanted and it may have hurt their draft position, but I am glad the Lions played competitively down the stretch. It made Sundays bearable again. 

  • Speaking of Bears. #WeOwnTheBears