DETROIT (AP) -- When Jason Hanson lines up for a game-winning kick, he prays before trying to go numb. It worked -- for the 13th time. Hanson kicked a 48-yard field goal with 39 seconds left -- his fourth of the game -- to lift the Lions to a 12-10 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Lions have won consecutive games for the first time in three years.
|Allen's Analysis |
| Question on the Bears: Do they need to overhaul the whole offense when they turn to quarterback Rex Grossman next year? |
They may need to make changes on their offensive line, but they have a good running back to possibly build around in Anthony Thomas. Next season, the ability to run the ball will be Rex's friend.
Question on the Lions: Will these back-to-back wins take some of the heat off of Matt Millen?
The win will take heat off Millen, but in regards to talent, this team still doesn't match up well against any NFL team. The Lions have to play at their best to compete with other teams, and if they don't overhaul they'll probably see the same results next season.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
"I pray. I honestly do. Not, 'God, let me let make the kick' because there are Bears praying that I'd miss," said Hanson, who has made all of his field goals this year. "But I pray that I take the field without fear. I'm also trying to go numb, to be emotionless." The last time the Lions (3-6) won two straight was 2000, when they won three in a row under Gary Moeller, who now coaches Chicago's linebackers. "Nobody in that locker room is saying we're awesome," Hanson said. "We're 3-6, but it does feel good to win two in a row." The Bears (3-6) had a chance to win three straight for the first time in two years and to end a road-losing streak that now stands at 12 games. "It's frustrating," Brian Urlacher
said. "We didn't make a play all day." Chris Chandler
's 12-yard pass to Desmond Clark
put Chicago ahead 10-6 midway through the third quarter. After falling behind for the first time, Detroit stalled deep in Bears territory for the third time and had to settle for another field goal. The Lions kept Chicago's next drive alive with two penalties on third down, but Paul Edinger
missed a 41-yard kick. "It was just a bad kick. A real bad kick," Edinger said. "I pulled it left." Detroit then drove to the Bears' 36, but punted after losing 3 yards. Following two straight defensive stands, the Lions had the ball at their 35 with 2:27 left. Joey Harrington
started with an 18-yard pass to Az-Zahir Hakim
. He made two passes for another first down and completed two more to reach Harrington's goal -- Chicago's 30. "Once we got there, I felt terrific," said Harrington, who finished 24-of-38 for 238 yards. After Hanson's kick, Corey Harris
' diving interception at Detroit's 38 sealed the win. Detroit's Scotty Anderson
caught five passes for a career-high 77 yards. Casey Fitzsimmons
and Shawn Bryson
each had five receptions for 33 yards to help an offense that could not run. Detroit's three running backs -- Bryson, Avon Cobourne
and Olandis Gary -- combined for 10 yards on 17 carries. "The term 'ugly win,' I'm sure is going to surface this week," Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said. "You know what? We'll take them as we can get them." Chandler was 16-of-28 for 149 yards and a TD. His interception -- with 27 seconds left -- was thrown well behind receiver Justin Gage
. Chicago coach Dick Jauron said it was Chandler's "least-good performance" out of his four starts this season. "He's had better games, but they put a lot of pressure on him," Jauron said. Marty Booker
had four receptions for 36 yards after missing three games with a sprained ankle. The low-scoring game was expected after the two struggling teams got off to a lackluster start. Chicago and Detroit failed to get a first down on the first six drives of the game. The Lions then picked up two first downs to take the lead late in the first quarter. Harrington's 27-yard pass to Anderson -- his first of at least 20 yards to a wide receiver since Sept. 28 -- set up Hanson's kick. Chicago's three first downs on the ensuing drive set up Edinger's 43-yard field goal. Detroit failed to fool the Bears on a fake punt from its own 38, but Chicago didn't take advantage of the opportunity. The Bears gained just 7 yards, then Jared DeVries
blocked Edinger's field goal. Hanson's second field goal put Detroit ahead 6-3 late in the second quarter. Mariucci is not surprised the 12th-year pro has made all 13 of his field goals this season. "I think I've seen him miss four field goals. I'm talking about practice, games, everything," Mariucci said. "He's unbelievable."
Detroit's Dre' Bly missed a second straight game -- the only two he's missed in five seasons -- with a hamstring injury. ... Chicago's Anthony Thomas ran for 61 yards on 21 carries and Clark caught four passes for a team-high 39 yards. ... Four Lions left the game with injuries: James Davis (separated shoulder), Bracy Walker (dislocated finger), Shawn Jefferson (left knee), Rod Babers (shoulder).shoulder