DETROIT, Mich. -- David Blough had one of the best first quarters by a quarterback making his debut in NFL history, but it was all downhill from there.
Blough threw touchdown passes of 75 and 8 yards on the Detroit Lions’ first two possessions, but Mitchell Trubisky led a 90-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bears handed the Lions their fifth straight loss, 24-20, at Ford Field.
The Lions have now lost eight of their last nine games and have one win since September – a 31-26 victory over the New York Giants on Oct. 27. They’re 9-18-1 in 28 games with Matt Patricia as head coach.
Blough, the third quarterback to start for the Lions this year, took advantage of several blown coverages by the Bears to throw for 136 yards in the first quarter. According to the Associated Press, that’s the most by a quarterback in the first quarter of his first game since at least 1991.
But the Lions settled for short field goals twice after driving inside the Bears’ 10-yard line in the second half, leaving just enough hope for Trubisky to lead the comeback.
Down 20-17 with 6:40 to play, the Bears started their game-winning drive at their own 10-yard line after a 51-yard punt by Sam Martin.
Trubisky found Tarik Cohen for a 35-yard gain on third-and-4 early in the drive, and Cohen beat Justin Coleman a second time for a 32-yard gain on third-and-5 later in the series.
The Lions did not challenge the second Cohen catch, which gave the Bears first-and-goal from the 2, though replays showed Cohen may have been out of bounds before he had full control of the ball.
Two plays later, and after a delay-of-game penalty, Trubisky threw his third touchdown pass of the day, from 3 yards out to David Montgomery.
The Lions (3-8-1) drove into Bears territory on their final possession, converting two third-down plays, before Roquan Smith sacked Blough for a 13-yard loss on third-and-9 and Eddie Jackson intercepted a desperation heave to Kenny Golladay on the next play.
Trubisky finished 29 of 38 passing for 338 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for the Bears, who evened their record at 6-6 with the victory. He has 13 touchdown passes on the season, six of them against the Lions.
Blough, the first player to start at quarterback as an undrafted rookie for the Lions, excluding the strike year of 1987 - both Matthew Stafford (back) and Jeff Driskel (hamstring) were dealing with injuries - completed 22 of 38 passes for 288 yards with two touchdowns.
Golladay had four catches for 158 yards and scored on a 75-yard pass on the Lions’ third offensive snap. Marvin Jones added an 8-yard touchdown catch and Bo Scarbrough had 21 carries for 83 yards.
The Lions now have 10 days before their next game, against the Minnesota Vikings, and they'll spend the weekend dealing more speculation about Patricia's future as head coach.