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Mitch Trubisky throws 3 touchdowns as the Bears snap their 4-game skid in a 20-13 win over the Lions

Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- The Bears and quarterback Mitch Trubisky saved the sanity of Chicago on Sunday at Soldier Field.

After the offense got off to another slow start against the Lions, Trubisky led three straight touchdown drives at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third on the way to a 20-13 victory.

He finished with 173 passing yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers as the Bears broke a four-game losing streak and climbed out of the NFC North cellar. Trubisky hit Ben Braunecker, Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel with touchdown passes.

The short-handed Lions couldn't keep up while playing without quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was out with back and hip injuries. They were already down running back Kerryon Johnson, who went on injured reserve last month. And running back Ty Johnson went down with a concussion in the first half.

With inside linebacker Danny Trevathan out with a gruesome left elbow injury, Nick Kwiatkoski became the first Bears player other than Kyle Fuller and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to record an interception this season. He picked off quarterback Jeff Driskel, and Trubisky turned that into the third touchdown drive.

Driskel led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive, but couldn't complete a tying drive with two more chances. He got the Lions to the Bears' 25-yard line in the final minute but threw three incomplete passes to end the game.

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