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This Time, Lions' Act Gets Favorable Review

Monday, December 27, 2004; Page D11



DETROIT, Dec. 26 -- The Detroit Lions were fortunate to avoid a second straight heartbreaking loss.

Chicago's Bernard Berrian (80) appears to make a late scoring grab, but the pass was ruled incomplete. (Charles Cherney -- Chicago Tribune Via AP)

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Chad Hutchinson appeared to throw a 43-yard, game-tying touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian with 1 minute 26 seconds left, but an incomplete ruling on the field stood after a review despite replays that appeared to show it should have been overturned, giving Detroit a 19-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Last week, a botched extra-point kick with eight seconds left allowed Minnesota to beat Detroit, 28-27.

The Lions (6-9) had lost seven of eight and the Bears (5-10) have dropped five of six.

Detroit scored on four straight drives in the first half for a 16-0 lead on Kevin Jones's one-yard touchdown run and Jason Hanson's three field goals.

Linebacker Lance Briggs pulled the Bears to 16-6 late in the third quarter with an interception and 38-yard return. Hanson made his fourth field goal early in the fourth after a fumble by Jones was overturned by replay.

Hutchinson capped a 90-yard drive with a 15-yard scoring pass to Jason McKie to make it 19-13 with 7:04 to go.

The Bears got the ball back and after converting a fourth and three at midfield, Hutchinson seemed to connect with Berrian for a touchdown. It appeared that the receiver caught the ball and got both feet in bounds on the side of the end zone, but the officials didn't see it that way and after three more incomplete passes, Detroit escaped with a win.

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