The Lions are now in full control of their destiny in the NFC North.

They grinded out a 21-19 win against the Bears at Soldier Field Sunday — snapping a five-game losing streak in Chicago — and now own sole possession of first place in the division.

Grinded out? More like dodged a smattering of bullets. Ahead 14-10 early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was missing his mark most of the game, overthrew Calvin Johnson and was intercepted by Chris Conte.

The Bears were set up first and goal at the Lions’ 9. First, a 9-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte was nullified by a holding call on guard Matt Slauson. Then, on third-and-goal from the 14, quarterback Jay Cutler hit Alshon Jeffrey in the back of the end zone.

He was defended tightly by safety Glover Quin and replays clearly showed Jeffrey didn’t have possession of the ball when he hit the ground.

Instead of the go-ahead touchdown, the Bears settled for a 32-yard field goal by Robby Gould. The Lions still had the lead, 14-13, with 9:17 left.

The Lions missed a chance to extend their lead on the ensuing possession. A 19-yard pass to Johnson coupled with a facemask on Charles Tillman set them up at the Bears’ 17. But rookie Joseph Fauria was called for a facemask against Conte.

The 15-yard penalty killed the drive and David Akers hooked a 46-yard field goal attempt to the right.

But the defense forced a three-and-out and the Lions got the ball back with 5:28 left.

The Lions picked up four first downs, one on a pass to Johnson and three on runs by Reggie Bush. Then, on third and 10 from the Bears 14, Johnson beat Tillman to the corner of the end zone and Stafford hit him in stride — it was his best throw of the day, and his second touchdown pass to Johnson.

With 2:22 left, the Lions led 21-13. And they had to dodge two more bullets to preserve the win.

Josh McCown replaced Cutler, and was given a 15-yard gift by defensive tackle Nick Fairley. After a short completion, Fairley threw McCown to the ground. The 15 yards put the Bears at midfield with two minutes left.