The Bears trailed 14-3 after their third turnover of the first half set up a 4-yard run by Jahvid Best with 1:25 left. Then came the first bolt out of the blue, when Jay Cutler connected with Matt Forte for a lightning-strike, 89-yard play that pulled the Bears to within 14-10 at the half.
Fans at Soldier Field were booing after Chris Williams was called for holding after getting beaten by Kyle Vanden Bosch late in the first half. Then Cutler threw a screen pass to Forte in the right flat. Center Olin Kreutz led the way, and Greg Olsen threw a nice block downfield as Forte outran the Lions secondary to complete the longest Bears' play in Soldier Field history.
On the Lions' next possession, Julius Peppers blindsided Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, forcing a fumble that Tommie Harris recovered and returned nine yards to the Lions' 21 with 20 seconds left. Two quick completions set up Robbie Gould's 30-yard field goal that pulled the Bears to within 14-13.
Cutler's first interception of the season came on the Bears' second drive. First, the pass, intended for Johnny Knox, was batted into the air by Julius Peterson and then batted again by safety C.C. Brown before it fell into the waiting arms of rookie free-agent Aaron Berry. The turnover set up a seven-yard, 42-yard drive that was capped by a seven-yard scoring run by rookie Best.
Olsen and Forte both fumbled. To make matters worse, both turnovers came deep in Lions' territory. The Bears defense, led by Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, who were over the field in the first half while combining to make 11 tackles, held the Lions to three three-and-outs on their first four possessions. The Lions marched 60 yards on 10 plays after Forte's fumble to take a 14-3 lead. Stafford had lots of time to throw on several plays on the drive, which allowed him to find secondary receivers.
Cutler completed 13 of 19 passes for 263 yards in the first half. The Bears outgained the Lions 294 yards to 96.