DETROIT — Bears cornerback Tracy Porter isn’t infallible, but his misplay and 38-yard pass interference penalty against Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones late in the second quarter — desperately grabbing Jones as Jones came back for an underthrown ball — was so egregious, it looked like something was wrong.
As it turned out, it was. Porter committed an illegal contact penalty six plays later and left the game with an illness. He did not return.
“Not making excuses, but I’m rarely the type to get [called] for pass interference,” said Porter, who had eight pass-interference penalties in 94 NFL games in his nine-year career. “I started feeling it even before that play happened. I tried to make it to halftime, but I couldn’t. Once I got the second penalty, I was like, ‘I’m doing more damage than good to my team.’”
Porter said the source of his illness was a mystery. He went straight to the locker room to address the situation. But his teammates picked him up. After Porter left, reserve Demontre Hurst and Cre’Von LeBlanc had interceptions. In the previous game against the Lions, Jacoby Glenn and Deiondre Hall intercepted Matt Stafford after Porter left the game with an injury.
“I came back out in the fourth quarter,” Porter said. “I was going to try to go back in, but my guys were playing well. They continue to fight and that’s what I love about them. No matter what happens, they continue to fight through everything.”
Nose tackle Eddie Goldman left the game with an ankle injury.
Bryce Callahan thought he had an interception when he and Marvin Jones both had possession of a short pass over the middle on the first play of the Lions’ winning touchdown drive. Btu Jones ended up with the catch.
“I had the ball in my hands. He had it with his chest,” Callahan said. “He was able to roll away. I couldn’t yank it out.”
Rookie running back Jordan Howard had 110 total yards — the seventh time this season he has had more than 100. Howard rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries and added two receptions for 24 yards.
Only three running backs have gained 80 or more yards rushing against the Lions this season — Howard twice (23-111 in Week 4), the Packers’ Eddie Lacy (17-103) and the Titans’ DeMarco Murray (12-89).
The Lions had allowed only one rush longer than 25 yards this season (a 67-yard run by Murray) until Howard had rushes of 28 and 31 yards Sunday.
With two interceptions and no giveaways, the Bears’ had a positive turnover differential (plus-2) for only the third time this season. They were plus-2 when they beat the Lions in Week 4 and plus-2 when they lost to the Jaguars 17-16 in Week 6.