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Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh lead Detroit Lions over Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass in the first half of an NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Dec. 21, 2014, in Chicago. Photo Credit: AP / Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO -- Joique Bell scored the go-ahead touchdown on a sweet run in the fourth quarter, Ndamukong Suh had two sacks and the playoff-bound Detroit Lions beat Jimmy Clausen and the Chicago Bears 20-14 on Sunday.

Calvin Johnson added six catches for 103 yards for Detroit (11-4), which came away with a narrow victory over a struggling team after locking up its second trip to the postseason in 15 years. The Bears benched quarterback Jay Cutler last week in favor of the undistinguished Clausen.

The Lions secured a playoff spot with Philadelphia's loss to Washington on Saturday. They were hoping to lock up their first division championship since 1993. But because the Packers beat Tampa Bay, the NFC North race will come down to next week's game at Green Bay.

Matthew Stafford overcame two interceptions and completed 22 of 39 passes for 243 yards. He hit the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, but it was hardly an easy afternoon for him.


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