Cutler was battered early and often. He suffered golf ball-sized swelling on his left (non-throwing) hand in the first half and injured his left ankle just prior to halftime. Cutler fought through the injuries but was replaced on the team's final drive.
Now we get a week of "Should Cutler have stayed in the game that long?"
Here is what else we learned:
1) The Bears do the best job of any team at slowing down Calvin Johnson, but they couldn't shut him down late. Megatron had two touchdown catches -- including the game-winner -- and multiple big plays that took advantage of deep in-routes over the middle, where Bears safeties couldn't get up to help.
2) Speaking of balling receivers, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall demonstrated why they currently are the best receiving duo in the NFL. Marshall had two touchdowncatches to go along with his 139 yards. Jeffery (114 yards) burned the Lions' secondary often on third-and-long with deep slants. Unfortunately, he also dropped a touchdown pass and had another touchdown overturned after review.
4) The injury-ravaged Bears defense did a good job of slowing the Lions' offense for much of the game. The defensive line didn't produce much pressure, but bothered Matthew Stafford by getting hands in throwing lanes. They batted three balls and forced Stafford to throw high on several other passes -- including one picked off by safety Chris Conte. The Bears held Stafford to just 219 yards passing after the Lions quarterback had averaged 422 yards in his last two games.