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Stafford connected on a 45-yarder with Johnson, who beat Zackary Bowman, along the left side to put the ball on the Chicago 28, and Smith ran it in from the 1 after two penalties by the Bears. First, safety Al Afalava jumped offsides as Jason Hanson kicked what would have been a 40-yard field goal, giving the Lions a first down instead. Alex Brown got called for a facemask, putting the ball on the 13, and three plays later, Detroit had a short-lived lead.
Chicago immediately responded, with Forte bursting through the line for a 61-yard run that put the ball on the 5. It also set up a TD run by Cutler, who spun like a helicopter propeller after two Lions hit him as he crossed the goal line with the Bears' first points in an opening quarter this season. But it was a painful first half for them.
Hester was apparently injured after catching a short pass on second down with just under 12 minutes left. He tried to juke the Lions' Louis Delmas and William James, but instead took a hard hit. He quickly got up showing no obvious signs of an injury, and it wasn't clear which shoulder he hurt.
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