Surprising Lions keep pace with Packers

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 11, 2011
Matthew Stafford's second touchdown pass put Detroit ahead in the third and Jahvid Best's 88-yard run later in the quarter gave the Lions a double-digit lead in a 24-13 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday night. The Lions (5-0) are undefeated through five games for the first time since 1956 -- the year before their last NFL title. The defending NFC North champion Bears (2-3) are off to their worst start since 2007. They are three games behind Detroit and defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay in the division. Detroit and its fans were clearly fired up for the franchise's first Monday night game in a decade. The Lions had their largest crowd at Ford Field and the 67,861 fans created enough noise to rattle the Bears into nine false starts.
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