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September 30, 2013

Cutler shaky in loss to Lions

DETROIT — Jay Cutler dropped back but held the ball a bit too long before being hit from his right by Ndamukong Suh.

Sack, fumble, Detroit touchdown.

Another mistake for Cutler — and this one put Chicago in a hole the Bears couldn’t escape.

Cutler threw three interceptions in addition to his costly third-quarter fumble, and the Bears lost for the first time under new coach Marc Trestman, falling 40-32 to the Lions on Sunday. Chicago trailed 40-16 late in the game before scoring twice to make it close.

“Whenever you give up those kinds of turnovers, it’s hard,” Cutler said. “Three picks and a fumble — it’s hard to come back from.”

Reggie Bush’s 37-yard touchdown run highlighted a 27-point second quarter for Detroit. He accounted for 173 yards of offense.

Cutler threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns, but the turnovers were costly. The Bears (3-1) were also 1-for-13 on third down.

“We’ve done well on third down the last three weeks. We did horribly today,” Trestman said. “That starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job.”

Detroit (3-1) moved into a first-place tie with Chicago in the NFC North. The Lions scored 24 straight points, including three touchdowns in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds, after Matt Forte’s 53-yard TD run gave the Bears a 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.

Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes and 2-point conversions to pull Chicago within eight points and make the score look respectable. Lions receiver Kris Durham recovered an onside kick in the final minute to seal the win.

“There are no moral victories, but I thought our guys played tough for the last 30 minutes of that game,” Trestman said. “I know as a staff we appreciate that.”

Cutler’s first interception came in the first quarter, but the Bears recovered from that and took the lead on Forte’s long run. Detroit answered with a field goal, then went ahead 16-10 when Matthew Stafford tried a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line, appeared to lose the ball, then got it back for a touchdown.

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