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Although the Bears may seem like they have nothing to play for, having already clinched the division over the hated Vikings and Packers, this game becomes crucial; if the Bears lose, they finish 10-6, tie with the Falcons and the Falcons get the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
However, if the Bears win, they go 11-5 and seal the deal behind the New York Giants.
Rookie Matthew Stafford, seeing only his third start of the season, is able to toss a huge, 64-yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson before being knocked out of the game after being sacked by rookie defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert, Gilbert's first and only sack of the season.
Daunte Culpepper then drives the Lions down the field on their next drive on their way to a 14-0 lead. The Bears are able to chip away with two field goals before the end of the first half, but still trail 14-6.
The key becomes strong safety Kevin Payne, whose first big play involves forcing a Kevin Smith fumble, which is promptly recovered by Tommie Harris. Another field goal chops the Lions lead to only five points, 14-9.
Kevin Payne's next highlight comes as he intercepts a massively off-target Culpepper pass and returns it all the way to give the Bears a 16-14 lead.
With 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter; however, the Lions are able to get another touchdown from Calvin Johnson, and push their way to a 21-16 lead into the fourth quarter.
The defense makes another key play after yet another stop of Jay Cutler and crew on the ensuing drive.
After Culpepper completes a pass to Brandon Pettigrew for six yards, Brian Urlacher tips off a pass tipped by Alex Brown and returns it all the way to the 14 yard line, allowing, Matt Forte to punch it in two plays later for a 23-21 lead.
The Lions don't go down without a fight on their final drive. Culpepper completes another long pass to Calvin Johnson, who is knocked out of bounds at about the 38 yard line.
With only five seconds left and no timeouts remaining, the Lions try and kick a game-winning field goal.
In dramatic fashion, Israel Idonije makes a huge play, blocking the field goal and sending the Lions away with yet another loss. With this, the Bears clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
Prediction: Bears - 23, Lions - 21
Final Bears Record: 11-5