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Megatron inspires Lions to 34-17 Thanksgiving Day win over Chicago

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Detroit Lions got back to winning ways in the first instalment of the NFL's Thanksgiving Day feast of football by defeating the Chicago Bears 34-17.

Despite a strong start from the Chicago Bears, which saw them take a first quarter 14-3 lead, 21 unanswered points from the hosts put them well and truly in control as star wideout Calvin Johnson took over the game.

Megatron was dominant throughout the game and managed to catch 11 balls for 146 yards and two touchdowns to take the Lions to an 8-4 record on the season.

Chicago made a strong start 

As mentioned, Chicago Bears opened proceedings promisingly as they capped off a strong first drive with a touchdown when Jay Cutler connected with Alshon Jeffery for a 10-yard touchdown.

Lions' Matt Prater kicked a 46-yard field goal to close the deficit to four, before Jeffery caught his second touchdown pass of the game late in the first quarter, this time from 6-yards out.

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Lions big comeback 

But the 11-point deficit for the Lions woke Megatron and Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford, with Johnson collecting two touchdown passes from Stafford either side of a 1-yard fourth down short yardage score by Detroit's Joique Bell.

The 21 unanswered points gave Detroit a ten-point lead going into the half before the second half descended into somewhat of a defensive battle.

A 35-yard field goal by Robbie Gould brought the Bears to within seven points with 8:54 left in the third quarter, but another 1-yard touchdown by Bell extended Detroit's lead to 14.

Matt Prater then added a 40-yard field goal to end the contest by giving the Lions a three score lead late in the fourth quarter which sealed the win. 

During the game Detroit showed their quality on defense as they forced Jay Cutler to throw two interceptions after his promising start.

For the Lions, Joique Bell was outstanding on the ground with 91 yards off 23 carries, with the powerful back also finding the endzone twice.

The win for Detroit keeps them within touching distance of Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title, while the defeat for Chicago Bears pretty much all but ends their slim playoff hopes.

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