Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, left, and offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, right, celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the first half during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Detroit.
Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, right.
and offensive lineman Anthony Castorzo, left.
celebrate after score a touchdown a touchdown.
AP file Lions quarterback Eli Manning, right; offensive tackle Riley Reiff, left; and defensive tackle David Irving, center, celebrate a sack by linebacker Jon Beason during the first quarter of an NFL NFL football football game, Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
The Lions beat the Philadelphia 49ers 20-17 in a preseason game.
The 49ers won the game 26-10.
(AP photo/Carlos Osorio) (AP Photo/CarlOS Osorio ) The Lions win the preseason game over the 49ers to become the first team since the NFL began using the metric in 2006 to clinch a Super Bowl berth.
(Alex Brandon/AP) (Alex Blue/AP )The Lions have won seven games and are tied with the New England Patriots for the NFC North lead in the NFC.
The season is their first since 2005.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team has not had a bye since it beat the Denver Broncos in Week 4.
“This is our first year as a Super Dog.
It’s been a great experience,” he said.
“We have been playing some good football, and the way we have been executing, I am proud of that.
The way our players have been performing has been really impressive.”
Caldwell said he did not expect the team to play the first two games of the regular season without a bye.
“I think it’s going to be hard,” he told reporters.
“If it goes well, it’ll be hard to get into it.”
The Lions have lost five straight, including the last two, but have beaten the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins to earn a playoff spot.
“There are going to always be guys who will say that the playoffs are the ultimate goal, and I know that, and that’s true,” Lions coach Marvin Lewis said.
The game against Washington on Sunday is not scheduled to be played in the dome.
“It’s not the biggest game of the year, but you’re playing the Seahawks,” Lions quarterback Zach Zenner said.
Lions rookie defensive end Corey Robinson has started two games in place of starting running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Marvin Jones.
Robinson, who was a third-round pick in the draft, has rushed for 65 yards on 15 carries.
The other running back is rookie wide receiver Corey Fuller.
Robinson had eight carries for 31 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a right shoulder injury in the second quarter.
Fuller, who has been sidelined since Week 3 with an undisclosed injury, has five catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets.
“He’s a big body,” Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah said of Robinson.
“Obviously, he’s a fast runner.
He’s going in and running.
He catches the ball.
He has great vision and it’s hard to cover him.
It’ll be tough to keep him.”
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, left in the fourth quarter, had a career-high five catches, catching five passes for 61 yards.
The Packers were without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tore his left ACL in Week 9.
The Bears, who have lost six straight, beat the Cardinals 35-28.
“You look at how we played, it was one of those games where we were down three points and we could’ve won,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said.
It was the first time the Bears lost a season opener in their first game since 2010.
“The way they came out in the game, they just played great football,” Trestmann said.
Bears defensive tackle Anthony Barr had a sack for a loss of six yards and an interception.
Barr was named the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Week after playing in two games this season, one in Week 3 and another in Week 7.
He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Month for his performance.
“For Anthony Barr to come out and play in the way he did in the third quarter is a big deal,” Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks said.