Kyle Long believes the Bears kept the Lions in the game

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Since being drafted by the Bears before the 2014-15 season, Kyle Long has quickly developed into a team leader. Not only does he take charge on the field, but he’s never been afraid to hold himself and the team responsible.

The Bears lost in heartbreaking fashion Sunday to the Detroit Lions in overtime after giving up a late lead. According to Long, the loss had as much to do with what the Lions did as to what the Bears let them do.

On Monday, Long spoke with Chicagobears.com’s Lauren Screeden. When asked if he felt the Bears had an opportunity to put the Lions away, Long said they had a chance.

Yea, I mean absolutely, there were times throughout the game where, you know, as a unit we’re over there like guys they’re about to break. They’re tired, their hands are on their hips the whole time but they found a way to stay in the game and we found a way to keep them in the game and it ended up biting us in the butt.

Despite trailing for much of the game, the Bears did take a 31-24 lead in the fourth quarter. However, the defense allowed two straight scoring drives and the offense was unable to get a crucial first down.

Kyle Long criticizes himself in tweet after Bears overtime lossFollowing the game, Long was critical of himself on Twitter, apologizing for his play and saying the fans deserved better.

Earlier in the season, Long made the switch from right guard, where he was a Pro Bowl player last season, to right tackle.

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