Someone had to win — and it wasn’t the viewers who planned their Thanksgiving around football.
It was, of course, not the Lions, either. The Bears came into Detroit the epitome of dysfunction and left with a 16-14 win thanks to a 28-yard field goal by Cairo Santos as time expired.
Despite the Lions entering the contest 0-9-1, it was Bears coach Matt Nagy who came into the game under intense scrutiny. The team eventually got word out that reports Nagy was going to be fired after this game were false, but not after they festered for days. “Fire Nagy” chants were ringing out in Chicago this week from his son’s high school football game, to Bulls games to an All Elite Wrestling event in the Windy City.
The Bears improved to 4-7 with the win as it snapped a five-game losing streak.
Expectations for the matinee Thanksgiving matchup were extremely low and the NFC North rivals did not exceed them. If featured a coin flip gaffe, injuries to key players on both teams (RB D’Andre Swift, Lions; LB Roquan Smith, Bears) and a mind-numbing 15 combined penalties (10 by the Lions).
The Lions had already suffered a number of soul-crushing losses under fiery first-year head coach Dan Campbell. They can now add another one to the list.