It was a wild scene, after Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted for the third time.
Early in the fourth quarter, Tim Jennings picked off a pass intended for former Bears receiver Rashied Davis, and he was sprinting down the Lions sideline. He was later ruled out, after just one yard, but players on both sides presumed Jennings was trying to score. As he was falling, Stafford pulled Bears cornerback D.J. Moore down on the turf by his face mask. Moore bounced up and he jumped toward Stafford, inciting Lions to come to their quarterback's defense.
"[Expletive] happens," Lions center Dominic Raiola said, according to the Detroit News. "We were getting blown out. But we're not gonna let somebody spear the quarterback or whatever he did.
"That's just not gonna fly around here. They can say all they want, 'Look at the scoreboard,' blah, blah, blah. But we're not gonna back down from anybody. No matter when it is, where it is. The game was lost on the field. All the extra [expletive], we're not gonna put up with."
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew said he isn't going to tolerate any opponent taking a shot at anyone on his team.
"I'm not gonna be the bad guy, always in there trying to be the bully or whatever," he said. "I'm just sticking up for my teammates."
There were a handful of questionable actions: Stafford pulling Moore down by the face mask, Moore retaliating, Nate Burleson drilling Jennings hard, near the sideline; and more than a dozen players mixing it up in a scrum that took several minutes to break up.
"When you are going after my livelihood -- my neck -- and you trying to hurt me," Moore said, "I just can't let that happen."
Asked about arguing the ejection, Moore said, "I felt like I was cool.
"I felt that we were both wrong. I felt that it was like, 'Keep him in the game because he is important.' We were both in the wrong."
Stafford said Moore blocked him and he was "trying to get him off of me the best I knew how."
"I guess he didn't like the way I did it, and he wanted to ask me about it."
Asked about the discipline of his team, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, "Discipline for what?
"For their guy getting kicked out of the game? For Did Matt get penalized? No, Matt didn't get penalized."
Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher suggested the Lions got frustrated, because they were down.
"D.J., that was a bad call," he said. "I don't know why he got thrown out of the game. That was stupid. Not on his part. But the call was bad."
Bears defensive end Israel Idonije said he was exhausted, stuck at the bottom of the pile during the melee.
"Those are so tiring," he said. "Those drain the tank, being on the bottom of that pile.
"But one's in, we're all in. That's what our team is all about."