It’s a happy Thanksgiving for Bears fans.
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The Bears overcame a late deficit — and the inconsistency of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — en route to a 24-20 win in Detroit over the Lions.
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Trubisky had three touchdown passes on the day, including a late strike with just over two minutes left to David Montgomery that gave Chicago (6-6) the lead for good. Still, tt was a mixed-bag day for Trubisky, who head-scratchingly avoided a first down on a run late in the second quarter and threw a bad interception. He put up 338 yards on 29-of-38 passing.
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It was a good showing for Lions rookie QB David Blough, who started in place of injured backup Jeff Driskel (starter Matthew Stafford was also out injured). Blough performed well in his NFL debut vs. a stout Bears defense, but it just wasn’t enough. Blough finished with 22-for-38 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and a game-ending interception as Detroit fell to 3-8-1.
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Sporting News covered all things Thanksgiving between the Bears and Lions below.
(All times Eastern.)
Bears vs. Lions score for Thanksgiving 2019
Bears vs. Lions updates, highlights
3:56 p.m.: Eddie Jackson intercepts a David Blough pass and the Bears will beat the Lions in their second straight Thanksgiving meeting.
3:55 p.m.: Roquan Smith with a huge third-down sack with 36 seconds left in the game.
3:49 p.m.: David Blough is leading the Lions down the field and almost throws an interception. 59 seconds left in this one.
3:37 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: And the Bears have taken the lead on a Mitchell Trubisky TD pass to David Montgomery. Bears up 24-20 with 2:17 left in the game.
3:29 p.m.: Bears are driving with five minutes left in the game, and Trubisky connects with Anthony Miller to put Chicago into Lions territory.
3:12 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Matt Prater hits a 24-yard kick after a failed third-and-1 rush, and the Lions take the lead again. Detroit up 20-17 in the fourth.
3:07 p.m.: The Lions are inside the red zone again. First-and-10 at the 14-yard line.
3:03 p.m.: We head to the fourth quarter and the game is still tied at 17 apiece.
2:53 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Trubisky connects with Jesse Horstead, who makes an acrobatic catch, for six points. Bears tie it up at 17.
2:42 p.m.: Darius Slay picks off Mitchell Trubisky, who threw the ball behind Robinson. Bad throw, good play by Slay.
2:32 p.m.: And we’re back. Lions get the ball at the 25 to start the half.
2:10 p.m. END OF HALF: Lions take a 17-7 lead into the locker room in a game that’s had its ups and downs. Lions get ball to start the second.
2:06 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: A pretty good drive by the bears and Trubisky and Piñeiro hits a 30-yarder to cut the deficit to 7. 22 seconds left in the half, Lions up 17-10.
1:53 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Prater puts the ball through the uprights for three more points. Lions up 17-7 in the second.
1:46 p.m.: David Blough is letting it fly. He connects with Kenny Golladay on another deep shot on the outside. Lions threatening to score again.
1:39 p.m.: Bears going for it on fourth-and-6 and they don’t convert. Detroit takes over.
1:30 p.m.: The ruling is reversed and it’s an incomplete pass instead. Refs missed a clear roughing the passer call on Trubisky.
1:27 p.m.: Trubisky hits Anthony Miller for a short gain, but Miller can’t gather it. The ruling on the field is a catch and fumble, and we’re going to replay.
1:20 p.m.: Lions punt the ball back away and pin the Bears inside their 10-yard line.
1:17 p.m.: Bears can’t seem to get anything going on offense, as they punt away once again.
1:09 p.m.: On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Prater smokes a squib kick off of a Bears player, and the Lions recover. That’s something special.
1:05 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Blough hits Marvin Jones Jr. for a short TD pass. Blough has 131 pass yards already on the game. Lions up 14-7.
1:04 p.m.: Blough and Golladay have a pretty good connection early, converting on a third-and-9.
1:01 p.m.: Lions are driving and just crossed the 50-yard line into Bears territory.
12:56 p.m.: Trubisky and the Bears follow up their first drive with a 3-and-out.
12:49 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Well, that didn’t take long. Blough hits Kenny Golladay for a 75-yard TD score to give Detroit six. Game is tied 7-7.
12:43 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Mitchell Trubisky hits Allen Robinson on a quick strike for the touchdown. Bears up early 7-0.
12:42 p.m.: Bears are at the 10-yard line after run from David Montgomery.
12:39 p.m.: Well, we re-kick, and Cordarrelle Patterson brings a ball about seven yards deep 57 yards to the 50. Good field position for the Bears.
12:36 p.m.: And the Bears take the opening kickoff and there are two flags down already on the field.
12:23 p.m.: Good news: Jeff Driskel is active, but not starting. Whether that qualifies as good news is debatable.