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.

Late in the third quarter the Lions led 14-13, but couldn’t hold on to a defense stop for the Bears, who drove 69 yards in just 18 plays, and ran 8:30 seconds.

David Montgomery was stopped by the Lions on a one-yard run after the warning. The Lions took a timeout in order to stop the clock. After their defense was scrambling at third-and-9, Dan Campbell, the Lions first-year coach and Aaron Glenn, defensive coordinator signaled for another timeout.

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell

Andy Dalton was thrown complete by Damiere Byrd at third-and-4. Dalton then took three knees, before Santos arrived for the third goal.

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 made an NFL record 66 yarder for the Baltimore Ravens to win a Week 3 victory at Ford Field over the Lions. Greg Joseph also hit a 54-yarder two weeks later to win the 19-17 victory over the Lions.

The Lions have not won a game since Dec. 6, 2020, when they beat the Bears in Darrell Bevell’s first game as interim head coach. The next game is Dec. 5 against the Vikings in Ford Field.

Jared Goff returned from an injury to his left oblique and completed 12 passes in succession for the Lions.

He opened the scoring with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds, his former teammate with the Los Angeles Rams, on the Lions’ first possession, and gave the Lions a 14-13 lead in the third quarter with a 17-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Hockenson.

D’Andre Swift, coming off back-to-back 130-yard rushing games, left with a shoulder injury in the first half and finished with three carries for zero yards.

Three consecutive penalties were committed by the Lions on Thursday. They did this twice in the first period.

Bears led 10-7 on their next possession when Darnell McMooney beat Will Harris, fill-in nickelback. They gained 52 yards for the first down. Dalton added 17 yards to Jimmy Graham’s touchdown.

Dalton started in the place of Justin Fields who was injured and completed 24 of 39 passes to gain 317 yards. He also had one touchdown pass and an interception. Mooney added five more catches to the Bears’ total of 123 yards. They were last in the NFL for passing offense, averaging 155.8 yard per game.

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