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Lions Defeat the Bears, 34-17

Leon Halip.Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Megatron simply could not be stopped on Thursday as the Detroit Lions improved to 8-4 on the season after taking down the Chicago Bears 34-17.

Calvin Johnson dominated the game as he caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also crossed the 10,000-receiving-yards mark for his career, and became the fastest player in NFL history to do so.

"Guys still believe in what we got going here," Johnson said. "We had a good week of practice -- it was a very short week, but we were very detailed in what we did on the field, coaches taking care of us. It's our part to come out here and do our job on the field."

Lions running back Joique Bell also had a great day, as he carried the ball 23 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He was the only Lion with a rushing attempt.

The Lions defense also handled the Bears' run game. The team carried the ball eight times for a grand total of 13 yards, good for just 1.6 yards per attempt.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 31 of 48 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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Lions Prepare for Bears on Thanksgiving

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETRIOT) -- Thanksgiving Day football will kickoff with the Chicago Bears traveling to the Motor City to take on their divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions.

Detroit (7-4) is coming off a 34-9 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

"[We've] got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry," Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. "[It's a] tough Chicago Bear team that we're about to face who's won two games in a row."

Chicago (5-6) is coming off a 21-13 win over Tampa on Sunday and are well aware of the challenges of playing during a short week.

"It's something that's universal throughout the league," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. "Everybody's playing Thursday night games. We've all had experience in putting gameplans together."

Trestman knows that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will be looking to erase a tough day on Sunday.

"We know what they have talent wise offensively," Trestman said.  "That'll be a challenge for us."

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Patriots Silence Lions

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and the New England Patriots defense held the Detroit Lions in check all game en route to a 34-9 victory Sunday.

The Patriots (9-2) took command of the game in the second quarter. After Matt Prater kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the Lions within one point of the Pats, New England scored 17 unanswered to go into halftime with a 24-6 lead.

The second half is when the Patriots defense stepped up, allowing one field goal in six Lions' drives.

LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by the Steelers and then signed by the Patriots this past week, carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Detroit (7-4) couldn't get anything going on offense. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate combined for only eight catches while being blanketed by Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis all afternoon.

The Patriots have now won seven straight and will head to Green Bay next weekend, where they will take on the Packers (8-3). Meanwhile, the Lions, which have lost two straight, will host the Chicago Bears (5-6) on Thanksgiving.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Atlanta Falcons 27 (3-6) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (1-8)

New York Jets 20 (2-8) - Pittsburgh Steelers 13 (6-4)

Baltimore Ravens 21 (6-4) - Tennessee Titans 7 (2-7)

Dallas Cowboys 31 (7-3) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (1-9)

San Francisco 49ers 27 (5-4) - New Orleans Saints 24 (4-5) - OT

Detroit Lions 20 (7-2) - Miami Dolphins 16 (5-4)

Kansas City Chiefs 17 (6-3) - Buffalo Bills 13 (5-4)

Denver Broncos 41 (7-2) - Oakland Raiders 17 (0-9)

Arizona Cardinals 31 (8-1) - St. Louis Rams 14 (3-6)

Seattle Seahawks 38 (6-3) - New York Giants 17 (3-6)

Green Bay Packers 55 (6-3) - Chicago Bears 14 (3-6)

NBA: Brooklyn Nets 104 (4-2) - Orlando Magic 96 (2-5)

Phoenix Suns 107 (4-3) - Golden State Warriors 95 (5-1)

Miami Heat 105 (5-2) - Dallas Mavericks 96 (4-3)

Toronto Raptors 120 (6-1) - Philadelphia 76ers 88 (0-7)

Oklahoma City Thunder 101 (2-5) - Sacramento Kings 93 (5-2)

Utah Jazz 97 (3-4) - Detroit Pistons 96 (2-4)

Portland Trail Blazers 116 (4-3) - Denver Nuggets 100 (1-5)

Los Angeles Lakers 107 (1-5) - Charlotte Hornets 92 (3-4)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (11-3-1, 23pts) - Detroit Red Wings 3 (7-3-5, 19pts)- SO

Edmonton Oilers 3 (6-8-1, 13pts) - New York Rangers 1 (6-6-2, 14pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (8-5-2, 18pts) - Ottawa Senators 3 (7-4-3, 17pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (8-6-1, 17pts) - San Jose Sharks 2 (8-6-2, 18pts)

Vancouver Canucks 2 (11-5-0, 22pts) - Anaheim Ducks 1 (10-3-3, 23pts) - SO

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick wins the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman advance to the final round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

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Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mi) -- As the clock ticked under 30 seconds Lions quarterback Matt Stafford scanned the field and found running back Theo Riddick in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown.

The Lions would defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 Sunday and push their winning streak to four games and their overall record to 7-2. The Lions have won their last three games by a combined six points.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to the field after missing three straight games with an ankle injury.  He looked back to form as he racked up 113 yards on seven catches, including a 49-yard touchdown reception when he beat Dolphins corner Brent Grimes in single coverage.

The Lions had established an early 10-0 lead but the Dolphins dug in for a fight and flipped the scoreboard after blocking a Detroit field goal attempt in the third quarter. Dion Jordan returned the blocked kick to Detroit's three-yard line. Ryan Tannehill would find Mike Wallace for a three-yard touchdown on the next play.  Miami would take a 13-10 lead.

The teams would trade field goals until Stafford mounted an 11-play, 74-yard drive that would give Detroit the leading score.

"I just love that feeling. It's a good feeling for a quarterback to have the ball in his hands at the end of the game," Stafford said. "By no means are we playing perfect, but we're finding ways to win games."


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ESPN: Lions' Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- After a scary collision with teammate Ndamokung Suh, Nick Fairley's season appeared to be over.

The young defensive tackle's knee bent awkwardly as he attempted to make a tackle against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and needed assistance off the field.

According to a report from ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright, Fairley has a sprained MCL and PCL in his knee and will be out four to five weeks - much less than what was feared.

The young nose tackle has been an integral part of the improved Lions defense this season. The Lions are holding opponents to less than 300 yards per game.

As for Fairley, the Lions declined a team option that would have kept him under contract through 2015.  He would have been set to enter free agency this coming offseason and a severe knee injury would have hurt his market.


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Scoreboard Roundup - 10/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: World Series: San Francisco Giants 5 - Kansas City Royals 0 (Giants Lead Series, 3-2)

NFL Week 8: Detroit Lions 22 (6-2) – Atlanta Falcons 21 (2-6)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (4-2-1) - Baltimore Ravens 24 (5-3)

Kansas City Chiefs 34 (4-3) - St. Louis Rams 7 (2-5)

Houston Texans 30 (4-4) - Tennessee Titans 16 (2-6)

Seattle Seahawks 13 (4-3) - Carolina Panthers 9 (3-4)

Miami Dolphins 27 (4-3) - Jacksonville Jaguars 13 (1-7)

New England Patriots 51 (6-2) - Chicago Bears 23 (3-5)

Minnesota Vikings 19 (3-5) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 (1-6) - Overtime

Buffalo Bills 43 (5-3) - New York Jets 23 (1-7)

Cleveland Browns 23 (4-3) - Oakland Raiders 13 (0-7)

Arizona Cardinals 24 (6-1) - Philadelphia Eagles 20 (5-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 51 (5-3) - Indianapolis Colts 34 (5-3)

New Orleans Saints 44 (3-4) - Green Bay Packers 23 (5-3)

NHL: Winnipeg Jets 2 (3-5-0, 6pts) - Colorado Avalanche 1 (2-4-3, 7pts) - Overtime

Los Angeles Kings 5 (6-1-1, 13pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-4-0, 8pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 2 (5-2-1, 11pts) - Ottawa Senators 1 (4-2-1, 9pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (5-4-1, 11pts) - Anaheim Ducks 1 (7-2-0, 14pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (5-3-0, 10pts) - Washington Capitals 2 (4-2-2, 10pts)

NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville Speedway.  Jeff Gordon finished second.

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Falcons Collapse in London, Lose to Lions 22-21

Leon Halip/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Atlanta Falcons led at halftime over the Lions 21-0. When they looked up at the clock as the game was over, the score favored Detroit 22-21.

The Falcons suffered a defensive breakdown with 4:38 to go in the third quarter as Golden Tate ran past two Atlanta defenders and caught a 59-yard bomb from Matt Stafford, closing Atlanta's early lead to 21-10.

On the ensuing drive, with pressure in his face quarterback Matt Ryan threw a terrible interception to Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn. 

"In my mind, that kind of cost us the ball game," Ryan said. "I was trying to throw the ball away and I never saw him."

The Falcons defense remained stought and held the Lions to a field goal. The Lions would score another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Matt Stafford found Theo Riddick on a five yard completion. The score was now 21-19 after Detroit missed a two point attempt to tie the game.

The Falcons would try to run the clock out with a poorly executed drive. With less than two minutes to go the Falcons committed a holding penalty that would stop the clock at 1:55.  On the next play, Matt Ryan attempted a screen to Julio Jones, who dropped the ball.  Atlanta would punt the ball inside Detroit's ten yard line.

Detroit would march down the field with little resistance.  Settling at Atlanta's 25 yard line, Detroit lined up for a field goal and newly signed kick Matt Prater pushed the ball wide right.  Atlanta ran on the field in celebration only to find out a whistle had blown. The Lions were called for a delay of game penalty: the kick was negated.  Prater got a second chance and drilled it through the uprights.

"That's football. He missed it and there was a delay of game penalty," Mike Smith, Falcons head coach said after the loss. "Thought we were going to squeak one out. Obviously we didn't."

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New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23.

The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns.

Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17. 

Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining.

The Saints defense held after the interception, but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With a second life, Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score.

Saints head coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties.

"I thought the penalties ended up hurting us," Payton said. "I wasn't happy with how that game was officiated. I'll leave it at that, and yet that wasn't the reason in the end."

The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers.

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Fan Apprehended After Using Laser Pointer at Lions Game 

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(DETROIT) -- Detroit Police have apprehended the fan at the Detroit Lions game who shined a laser pointer into the eyes of Buffalo Bills players.

Police say they were able to catch Marko Beslach after he boasted about shining the laser into the eyes of Bills players on Twitter.

The incident was reported to authorities after Bill kicker Dan Carpenter and holder Colton Schmidt complained in the third quarter that the laser was distracting their vision.

Beslach was issued a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct and police confiscated the laser pointer. He will have to appear in court and pay a small fine.

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