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NFL: Defence leads Bears to fourth straight win

Brandon Marshall scored Chicago’s only touchdown on the opening drive against the Detroit Lions.

Bears safety Chris Conte (47) celebrates with linebacker Lance Briggs (55) after intercepting a pass in the second half.
Bears safety Chris Conte (47) celebrates with linebacker Lance Briggs (55) after intercepting a pass in the second half.
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THE CHICAGO BEARS got an early touchdown and two field goals while their defence made sure the lead stood up in a 13-7 NFL victory over the Detroit Lions last night.

Brandon Marshall caught a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler on Chicago’s opening drive and Robbie Gould added two field goals, while the Bears’ defence forced three key turnovers to style the Lions offence.

Cutler threw for one touchdown, finishing the game with an unspectacular 16-for-31 passes for 150 yards.

The Chicago signal-caller got a scare when he was hit hard by Ndamukong Suh in the second quarter and his right shoulder was driven into the ground.

Cutler departed for the locker room but returned for the second half and finished the game.

The Bears, who were coming off their bye week, have now won four straight and boast a record of 5-1.

Matthew Stafford went 28-for-46 with 261 yards. He threw one interception and his late touchdown wasn’t enough to lift the Lions, who had beaten Philadelphia in overtime last week.

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