Brandon Marshall’s big game foiled by hated Lions
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter November 10, 2013 8:50PM
Updated: November 10, 2013 9:57PM
Lions center Dominic Raiola started jawing at Brandon Marshall before Sunday’s game.
“I just had to tell myself, ‘That’s not your game,’ ” the Bears wide receiver said. “ ‘Keep your cool.’ ”
He still seemed annoyed after the Bears’ 21-19 loss.
“I’m sure there’s some good people in Detroit,” he said. “But as far as their football team, I can’t wait to see them in the playoffs.”
After catching seven passes for a game-high 139 yards, Marshall even wondered — is this blasphemous? — if the Lions might be more hated than the Packers.
They certainly have the resume. After beating the Bears again, the Lions are alone in first place in the NFC North.
“They say, ‘Packers and Bears,’ ”
Marshall said, “but I’ve probably got a nastier taste in my mouth with these guys, man. These guys, they’re difficult to deal with, man.”
It didn’t look like it from afar. Marshall caught three straight passes on the Bears’ first drive, including a 32-yard touchdown.
He had a 44-yard reception, barely missed another long one in the fourth quarter, and gave the Bears their must-have score, a 11-yard jump ball in the left corner, with 40 seconds left.
Josh McCown took the snap and looked right, toward Martellus Bennett, before shifting in the pocket and looking left toward Marshall.
“I was able to see him flash and tried to put up a ball where only he could get it,” McCown said. “He went up and made an outstanding play.”
Marshall said a limping Cutler wouldn’t have been able to make the same play.
“You got to give them credit,” he said. “You can’t give them too much.”