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Detroit Lions' capacity crowd causes penalties for frazzled Bears

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Calvin Johnson #81 of the of the Detroit Lions celebrates his touchdown reception by leaping into the stands during their game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Calvin Johnson #81 of the of the Detroit Lions celebrates his touchdown reception by leaping into the stands during their game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Calvin Johnson launches into the capacity crowd after scoring the Lions' first touchdown of the night
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(CBS) - The Detroit Lions' emotional win over Chicago had the fans screaming. Then again, the fans were screaming before the game even started. On a night of dazzling defense and confident passing from quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Detroit faithful had almost as much of an impact as any of the players on the field, causing a confused Chicago offense to false start nine times and rack up over 100 yards in penalties.

Detroit Lions 5-0 after beating rival Bears

Of course, the Lions had their share of penalties as well. It's fair to say the team was amped up about playing their first Monday Night Football game at home in a decade. All told, the teams combined for 26 penalties for 198 total yards. Chicago took the, ahem, lion's share with 14 penalties for 104 yards.

The capacity crowd at Ford Field definitely had a hand in that. The 67,861 raucous fans - a record for a Lions game - goaded the Bears into six false start penalties in the first half.

The Bears did what they could, but they were obviously frazzled by the crowd. How else do you explain false starting on a punt?

The 5-0 Lions are giving their fans plenty of reason to celebrate. As the fans and the city continue to rally around the team, expect opponents to have issues all season at Ford Field.