New York Giants’ Josh McCown (14) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter in the NFC divisional playoff game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.
The Giants won 34-27.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) NEW YORK (AP) Josh McCree had a career-high 34 catches for 584 yards and four touchdowns against the Lions Sunday.
But New York will need to get more consistent in the return game, which is a big concern in a division that includes Chicago and the Atlanta Falcons.
The Jets also lost to the Panthers and Packers.
McCree scored on a 23-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas on a 2-yard touchdown catch by rookie linebacker Da’Norris Searcy.
It was his second touchdown catch of the year.
“We just had to come out and play the game,” he said.
“I’ve been here, and I’ve done this before.
I know what it takes.”
The Giants, who are 6-4, will have to try to win at least one more game, with the NFC East divisional title and playoff spot in jeopardy.
They are tied with Washington for first place with six games remaining.
The Bears (5-7) won for the second time in their past six games and snapped a five-game losing streak.
Chicago held New England to three points and had a third-quarter touchdown drive capped by McCree’s touchdown.
“You’ve got to play hard,” quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said.
Chicago also held the Patriots to only three first downs.
“That’s a good thing,” cornerback Denzel Ward said.
New England had its second straight game with at least 100 yards passing and its first since Week 8 against Atlanta.
The Patriots were also held without a field goal for the first time since Week 4 against Atlanta when they didn’t score a touchdown.
They were able to hold off New England’s rushing attack, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions.
The two teams combined for 566 yards on the ground.
New York allowed a season-low 50 points in the fourth quarter.
The game was tied 1-1 on fourth-and-8 at the Jets’ 3.
That came after New York had an opportunity to get on the board on third-and 1 and put a shot on the clock.
It went into the end zone after rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett hit Josh McCray’s 24-yard field goal.
The play set up Brandon Marshall’s 3-yard scoring run with 4:55 left that gave the Giants a 27-27 lead.
The win gives New York the fourth seed in the division and the third-best record in the NFL.
The Lions have lost five of six.
They host the Cowboys on Sunday.