Lions rally mauls Bears; Cowboys, 49ers cruise




The Manila Times


LOS ANGELES: Jared Goff overcame a shaky start to lead the Detroit Lions to a dramatic come-frombehind win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday (Monday in Manila) as the in-form Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers cruised to easy victories in the NFL. Lions quarterback Goff tossed three interceptions to help the Bears take a commanding 26-14 lead with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter at Detroit’s Ford Field. But the NFC North-leading Lions roared back in the closing minutes to rattle off 17 unanswered points, clinching a 31-26 victory that saw them improve to 8-2. “I gotta be at my best for my team when it matters,” Goff said. “Made some dumb mistakes early on and had to figure out a way to overcome them. Today I was able to do it.” Lions coach Dan Campbell praised Goff’s mental resilience. Goff sparked the rally with a bullet 32-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams to cut the deficit to 26-21 with 2min 59sec remaining. The Lions defense then stepped up to force a punt, and from there Goff marched Detroit back up field to allow David Montgomery to rumble over from one yard out to give his team a one-point lead. A successful two-point conversion put the Lions three clear at 29-26, leaving Chicago less than 30 seconds to get into position for a possible game-tying field goal. That proved beyond them, however, as Detroit defensive end Aidan Hutchinson strip sacked Bears quarterback Justin Fields to concede a safety. Goff threw for 236 passing yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Elsewhere in the NFL Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers kept up their push for the postseason with comfortable victories as the Buffalo Bills snapped their two-game losing streak with a 32-6 win over the New York Jets. The Cowboys maintained their pursuit of the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles with a 33-10 rout of the Carolina Panthers (1-9). In San Francisco, 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy shrugged off being sacked four times to throw three touchdowns and finish with 333 passing yards in a 27-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Buffalo, Josh Allen threw three touchdowns and finished with 275 yards to help the Bills to a blowout 32-6 win over the New York Jets, who used three different quarterbacks and saw starter Zach Wilson pulled after being sacked five times.