DETROIT — Mitchell Trubisky threw a go-ahead, 3-yard touchdown pass to David Montgomery with 2:17 left, lifting the Chicago Bears to a 24-20 win over the slumping Detroit Lions on Thursday.
The Bears took the lead on the nine-play, 90-yard drive in which Trubisky converted a pair of third downs with 35- and 32-yard passes Anthony Miller.
“He made special throws at special times,” Coach Matt Nagy said.
Chicago sealed the victory on the ensuing possession with Eddie Jackson’s interception.
Rookie quarterback David Blough led Detroit’s last drive to the Chicago 26-yard line in the final minute before losing 13 yards on a sack, leaving a desperation pass as his only option. Jackson picked off the errant throw.
Chicago (6-6) has won three of four games after losing four in a row to stay in the N.F.C. playoff picture.
“We put ourselves in a good position to have another big game next week,” Trubisky said.
The Lions (3-8-1) have lost five straight for the first time under Coach Matt Patricia.
Detroit led for much of the game despite starting Blough, a third-string quarterback who was acquired from Cleveland for a swap of seventh-round picks. Matthew Stafford was out for a fourth straight game with back and hip injuries and his backup, Jeff Driskel, was limited by a hamstring injury.
Blough, an undrafted player from Purdue, threw a 75-yard touchdown on his first completion to Kenny Golladay to pull the Lions into a 7-all tie. Blough also threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones late in the first quarter to put Detroit ahead by 14-7.
“Watch that team fight and rally behind somebody like that, I think you can tell how much all those men in that room care about each other,” Patricia said.
Trubisky had an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jesper Horsted to make it 17-all late in the third quarter.
Trubisky finished 29 of 38 with three touchdowns, matching his season high, which he had in a win over Detroit earlier this month. He threw for 338 yards and closed the game well enough for Chicago to score more than 20 points for the first time in more than a month.
Blough was 22 of 38 for 280 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
The Show Goes On
Brothers Osborne, a country music duo, performed at halftime of the Bears’ win over the Lions and the show did not go as planned. Fans were asked to turn on the flashlights on their mobile phones when the lights were turned off at Ford Field. After the lights dimmed, the indoor stadium was illuminated again before going dark following an awkward delay.
The technical difficulties led to the musical artists being on the field longer than expected, forcing players to warm up behind and around an elaborate stage.
Ford Field officials said in a statement that “parts of the stadium lost power due to an outside utility failure. Though it was quickly restored, the sound system transmitter required two minutes to reset and reconnect.”