Late flags go Detroit's way in 20-17 win over Bears

Stafford finished Sunday's contest with tape on his injured finger and a glove on his throwing hand, but he still managed to lead the Lions to yet another comeback victory. Stafford completed his first six passes, but was 15-of-28 from there with a touchdown and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

"It's fourth quarter, go time, you've got to make a play", Stafford said.

Detroit (9-4) leads the NFC North by two games, and the Giants (9-4) would be the conference's top wild card if the season ended now.

The Lions have become the first team in National Football League history to have eight comeback wins from fourth-quarter deficits in a season, according to information provided by the team from the Elias Sports Bureau. Howard notched another long run to get the Bears within scoring range, and Matt Barkley showed off great passing touch on a long pass that Meredith hauled in for a 31-yard touchdown that cut Detroit's lead to 13-10.

"I think our margin for error right now is very minimal", Chicago coach John Fox said.

Although Chicago's record is ugly, the Bears are still playing hard. NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the injury is a PIP (proximal interphalangeal) joint dislocation and torn ligaments to the middle finger.

Only one of Detroit's games this season has been decided by more than seven points. Demontre Hurst intercepted Stafford's pass in Chicago's end zone after it ricocheted off teammate Bryce Callahan and receiver Golden Tate early in the fourth quarter. Stafford said he hurt his finger, which he expected to be X-rayed, in the first quarter when his hand collided with linebacker Leonard Floyd.

DeAndre Levy is finally back. He played the rest of the game with a glove on his right hand.