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Bears’ late comeback gives hope for Week 5 game against Saints

Lions explode for 27 second-quarter points

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
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(Paul Sancya)
Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17), defended by Lions cornerback Darius Slay (30), scores on a 14-yard reception during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game in Detroit.

DETROIT — The 3-0 Bears faced as much adversity as they had all season long, and it wasn’t even halftime.

After the Lions ripped off 27 unanswered points in the second quarter, Marc Trestman had the challenge of seeing how his players responded after halftime, as opposed to waiting until the next week.

“At halftime, we got together and talked to our team that there would be a time just like this where the game appeared to be out of hand, and we decided that we were going to collect ourselves and go back in and play the next 30 minutes and see more about ourselves,” he said after the Bears 40-32 loss to the Lions. “I think we did.”

Trestman admitted there are no such things as moral victories, but he remained positive about how the Bears finished, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter.

“I watched the demeanor of our football team on the sideline during the last 30 minutes of the game. Guys were fighting, they were in it, there was a sense of urgency there,” Trestman said. “There wasn’t anybody looking around for somebody to talk to. They were in it. I think that’s a good sign.

“As we said coming out, in the next 30 minutes we’re going to find more about ourselves, and we did today. I think that kind of backbone is going to help us. We’re going to be in other games like this and that backbone is going to help us down the road.”

Cornerback Isaiah Frey felt the team could use any post-halftime momentum to help get ready for next week against the Saints.

“[We’re] disappointed in the loss. Got some things to build on, though,” he said. “[We] felt like we came out in the second half and gave it our all.”

The Bears’ defense allowed 260 yards and 17 first downs in the first half. They were able to create two turnovers after halftime, giving the team a glimmer of hope.

“We weren’t down on ourselves or anything [at halftime],” Frey said. “We had to fix a couple things, read our keys a little bit better and a little bit faster. That’s kind of what we did in halftime, came out and we were able to do it.”

New personnel: Defensive tackle Landon Cohen, who was signed on Friday, was active instead of Zach Minter and played a handful of snaps on defense. Undrafted rookies Michael Ford and C.J. Wilson made their NFL debuts and played on special teams.

Defensive end Cornelious Washington, who was active in the first three games but didn’t get any playing time, had his first game experience in the NFL with some reps in the second half. Offensive tackle Eben Britton saw significant time as an extra blocker after not playing a single snap in the first three games.

Quick hits: Martellus Bennett and Brandon Marshall each got dinged up after plays, but both returned. … Lance Briggs led the Bears with 13 tackles, no other player had more than six. … Charles Tillman (knee/groin) missed a couple series, deferring to Zack Bowman, who had a pass defended.

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