It’s Thanksgiving, so the Detroit Lions must be playing — and likely losing.
In one of the holiday’s most entrenched traditions, the Lions played host on Thursday and remained out of the win column in a 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears. The now 0-10-1 Lions appeared on the verge of picking up their first win when quarterback Jared Goff found tight end T.J. Hockenson for a 17-yard fourth-quarter touchdown to give the Lions a 14-13 lead.
But the Bears secured the win with an 18-play, 8:30 drive that concluded with a 28-yard Cairo Santos field goal as time ran out. The win over a hapless Lions team that featured 10 punts, two turnovers and a missed field goal snaps a five-game losing streak for the Bears. But it does little to tamp down speculation about head coach Matt Nagy’s employment.
Nagy entered Thursday’s game amid conflicting reports about his job status. On Tuesday, the fourth-year Bears coach denied a report that he’d been told by management that Thursday’s game would be his last in Chicago regardless of the outcome.
The Bears didn’t address the report in public, but chairman George McCaskey told players and coaches on Wednesday that it wasn’t true, according to The Athletic. The Bears have never fired a coach midseason. But “fire Nagy” chants have made their way from Soldier Field to around the Chicago sports scene, and his job status will remain a storyline the rest of the season in Chicago as long as he remains employed.