Lions' Matthew Stafford (finger) will start vs. Giants, Jim Caldwell says

Stafford is expected to continue to play despite suffering a badly dislocated middle finger on his throwing hand during Sunday's win over the Bears,'s Kevin Patra reports.

The Chicago Bears had the lead late against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but a rushing touchdown by Matthew Stafford changed all of that as the Lions stole a late 20-17 victory.

The Lions put on a drive of their own in the fourth quarter, but this time it was the Bears' defense that made the big play to jump ahead on the scoreboard.

A problem with his grip in a cold-weather start Sunday in NY could lead the Lions to lose the two-game hold they have on the NFC North with three games left in the season.

The Detroit Lions have won this season with clutch kicks, timely takeaways and last-ditch drives.

Detroit's last three contests are against the Giants, Cowboys and Packers.

"Eventually, this is going to help us", Bears coach John Fox said.

Although Chicago's record is ugly, the Bears are still playing hard.

"There's no issue of effort or wanting to win", Barkley said. He started Sunday's game - played indoors at Ford Field - with six straight completions but was an uncharacteristic 15-of-28 after that.

Stafford threw a tiebreaking, 16-yard TD pass to Boldin with 19 seconds left in the first half.

Only one of Detroit's games this season has been decided by more than seven points. Stafford's pass into the end zone early in the fourth quarter was tipped by a defender, then bounced off receiver Golden Tate and caromed over to defensive back Demontre Hurst, who intercepted the ball.

Stafford was hurt on the second Lions' possession.

DeAndre Levy is finally back. The no-so great news is that he'll have to play the rest of the season with a glove that he wore during Sunday's game.

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