Lions lose to Bears on final play of Thanksgiving game, remain winless

It wasn’t Jim Schwartz throwing an illegal challenge flag, but the Detroit Lions found another boneheaded way to lose on Thanksgiving.

Cairo Santos made the game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired Thursday to give the Chicago Bears a 16-14 win over the Lions at Ford Field.

Santos’ kick came five plays after the Lions were penalized 5 yards on third-and-9 for taking consecutive timeouts before the Bears ran a play.

The Lions took a 14-13 lead late in the third quarter, but could not come up with a defensive stop on the final series of the game, when the Bears drove 69 yards in 18 plays and ran 8 minutes, 30 seconds off the clock.

The Lions stopped David Montgomery on a 1-yard run on the first play after the two-minute warning. They took a timeout to stop the clock, then with their defense scrambling at the line scrimmage to match up on third-and-9, first-year Lions head coach Dan Campbell and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn signaled for another timeout from the sideline before the Bears snapped the ball.

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell

Andy Dalton threw complete to Damiere Byrd on third-and-4, and Dalton took three knees before Santos came on for his third field goal of the game.

The Lions, 0-10-1 and the only winless team in the NFL, have lost on last-second field goals three times this season. Justin Tucker hit an NFL-record 66-yarder to give the Baltimore Ravens a 19-17 win over the Lions at Ford Field in Week 3, and Greg Joseph made a career-long 54-yarder to give the Minnesota Vikings a 19-17 win over the Lions two weeks later.

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