DETROIT (AP)—The Detroit Lions walked off the field stunned for a second straight week.
This time, they were surprised they won.
Chad Hutchinson appeared to throw a 43-yard, game-tying touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian with 1:26 left, but an incomplete ruling on the field stood after a review despite replays that appeared to show it should’ve been overturned, giving Detroit a 19-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
“I was shocked,” said Detroit’s Jason Hanson, who made four field goals. “I thought for sure they were going to call it a touchdown, but I’m not going to complain.”
Referee Terry McAulay announced on the field the ball was moving when Berrian hit the ground.
The Bears were flabbergasted.
“I caught the ball, got two feet in, hit the ground and that was it,” Berrian said. “It was a touchdown. There’s no doubt about it.”
Last week, a botched extra-point kick with 8 seconds left allowed Minnesota to beat Detroit 28-27.
The Lions (6-9) had lost seven of eight, but were subdued after nearly blowing a 16-0 lead in the second half.
“Our room was quiet for a win. I didn’t see any jumping around,” Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said. “A win is a win, and you shouldn’t look down your nose at it, but I’m happy that we weren’t elated.
“We’re disappointed in our second-half performance. We had a chance to put the game away and we didn’t do it.”
The Bears (5-10) have dropped five of six.
Kevin Jones went over the 1,000-yard mark, something only Barry Sanders and Billy Sims did as Detroit rookies, with 123 yards rushing on 25 carries.
“It’s a great honor because those are two of the best ever,” Jones said.
Jones, who has 1,061 yards, scored on a 1-yard TD and went over the 100-yard mark for the fourth time. Sanders ran for 1,470 yards in 1989 and Sims had 1,303 yards rushing in 1980.
Detroit scored on four straight drives in the first half for a 16-0 lead on Jones’ TD and 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 Jones’ fumble was overturned by replay.
Hutchinson capped a 90-yard drive with a 15-yard TD 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-3 at midfield, Hutchinson seemed to connect with Berrian for a TD. It appeared that Berrian 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.
“I thought it might’ve been a touchdown like you did,” Mariucci said.
The Lions beat a team twice in the same season for the first time since 1998 and Chicago missed a chance to win at least one game against every team in the division for the first time since 1991.
Joey Harrington was 15-of-30 for 166 yards with an interception for Detroit.
Hutchinson was 20-of-35 for 114 yards with a TD and Thomas Jones ran for 109 yards.
Kevin Jones’ 39-yard run set up the first score, Hanson’s 31-yard field goal late in the first quarter.
When Jones surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on Detroit’s next drive, he obviously knew it because he threw the football to the sideline before the crowd was told he reached the milestone. Two plays later, Jones dove for a 1-yard TD.
Detroit OG Damien Woody (hip) left the game in the third quarter. … The Bears are 4-31 after Dec. 1 on the road since 1988. … Robert Porcher, who retired this season with a Lions-record 95.5 sacks, was honored before the game. … The crowd gasped before a moment of silence when informed former Philadelphia and Green Bay star Reggie White died. … Detroit is 16-2 when Hanson makes four field goals.