The Detroit Lions are experts at pulling off a seemingly impossible win, and boy, did that happen on Sunday (Nov. 18). The team played an unbelievable final few minutes of NFL football against the Chicago Bears, and it’s one fans will never forget. In the end, the team fought hard to snag the division win, 31-26. Now, the Lions are 8-2 for the first time since the 1960s.
With a little over four minutes left on the clock, things seemed deemed extra dismal for the Detroit Lions. The Bears kicked a field goal to bump up their lead to 26–14 over the Detroit Lions. I actually know someone who stopped watching the game at this point, assuming the Lions were done. But, the Lions came back in an unbelievable way.
With a little under 3 minutes left in the game, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff threw to wide receiver Jameson Williams to snag a fast touchdown to inch up to the Bears, making the score 26–21. Then, the Detroit defense, who I think gets too much shade, was able to shut-out Chicago with an important three-and-out. So, Goff got the ball back with 2:33 left in the game, looking for that touchdown win.
Next was a crazy-cool 73-yard drive that wrapped up with Lions running back David Montgomery, who came from the Bears, inching his way into the end zone to secure the lead. To make it even sweeter for the Lions, when the Bears got the ball back, Detroit edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson got his way through the offensive line and forced a fumble from Chicago quarterback Justin Fields. Then, the ball was kicked into the back of the end zone for two more points for Detroit. That was the game.
Campbell, of course, went totally nuts in the locker room after the game, and he should. What a win! I could hardly sleep after all the excitement.
“We are a resilient team, gentlemen,” Campbell said. “We are resilient. We go and find a way to win. They freakin’ came out and they fought us, but we f—ing fought harder, and we went and got the win. That’s outstanding.” After the talk, Campbell gave the game ball to Hutchinson, who totally deserved it.
Now, with this win, the Detroit Lions are 8–2 on the season. It’s the first time they’ve been 8-2 since 1962. But, they have to rest up. Hopefully this game didn’t take too much out of them, because the Lions have an early Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers at home at 12:30 p.m. ET.
I’m confident they’ll be ready for their big Thanksgiving game. We haven’t seen anything from this team that would indicate they’re overly confident or take anything for granted. On my NFL podcast, I’ve interviewed NFL reporters who are regularly in the locker room with the Lions, and they all say this team is gritty and knows what they’re up against. They’re also humble and never, ever get too confident. This team could go all the way, and maybe they will. They’ll have to beat the Eagles to do it. As a lifelong Lions fan, I’m waiting with a strong optimism that we can get there.