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Three-and-Out: Bears WR Josh Bellamy can’t make late big catch

WR Josh Bellamy fails to make a catch on the Bears' final play. (AP)

1. A drop for Josh?

Bears receiver Josh Bellamy’s bad run of drops continued in the Lions’ 20-17 win at Ford Field on Sunday. And the timing of them remains awful.

Quarterback Matthew Barkley rifled a throw to Bellamy over the middle on the Bears’ final play. It was 4th-and-11 from the Lions’ 44, and 19 seconds remained.

It wasn’t any easy catch to make. Cornerback Darius Slay was all over Bellamy. Slay was credited with a pass breakup, even though Bellamy said he didn’t touch it.

But Barkley’s pass still hit Bellamy in his right shoulder.

“I got one hand it,” said Bellamy, who had three catches on seven targets for 45 yards. “I’d like to get two on it. But we didn’t get it. Got to finish it.”

2. Stafford’s ailing finger

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford played the final three quarters with a glove on his right hand after a broken play resulted in a run-in with outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, an intentional grounding penalty and an injured middle finger.

His finger was in a splint after the game.

“I just tried to play through it,” said Stafford, who was 21-for-35 for 223 yards, a touchdown and a 64.3 passer rating. “I let those guys know it may not be pretty coming in there.”

3. Youth gone wild

Just how young are the Bears? At one point in the second quarter, nine of the Bears’ defensive players were first- or second-year players, which included the entire secondary.

“This is going to help us,” coach John Fox said. “This experience will help those individual players.”