5 things to know after Eagles rout Bears 54-11

Even if a game doesn’t matter much in the standings, the

Philadelphia Eagles don’t take nights off.

Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two

scores and the Eagles routed the Chicago Bears 54-11 Sunday night

in a matchup of first-place teams with opposite stakes.

Instead of resting his starters for a winner-take-all game at

Dallas next Sunday night, Chip Kelly didn’t pull them until they

finished whipping the Bears (8-7).

Meanwhile, the Bears hardly looked worthy of a playoff spot with

a division title on the line.

Now, Chicago must tie or beat the Packers (7-7-1) at home next

week to win the NFC North. The Eagles (9-6) must beat or tie the

Cowboys (8-7) to win the East. When Dallas beat Washington earlier

in the day, the Eagles knew going into their game that a win only

affected seeding.

It didn’t stop them from piling on.

Foles was 21 of 25 for 230 yards, and set a franchise record

with a completion percentage of 84.0. He was replaced by Michael

Vick midway through the fourth quarter.

By that time, fans were chanting: ”We want Dallas!”

McCoy, trying to become the first Eagles player to lead the NFL

in rushing since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949, ran for 133

yards and leads Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles by 189 going into the

last game.

The Eagles dominated the Bears from the start.

Foles tossed TD passes of 5 yards to Riley Cooper and 10 yards

to Brent Celek in the first quarter. McCoy had 1-yard TD runs in

the first and third.

Chris Polk had a 10-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and

Brandon Boykin returned Jay Cutler’s interception 54 yards for a

score to make it 47-11.

The Eagles racked up 514 yards.

Five things we learned in Philadelphia’s win over Chicago:

FABULOUS FOLES: Despite only nine starts, Foles is putting

together one of the best seasons for a quarterback in franchise

history. His 25 TD passes are tied for sixth most in a season, and

he leads the NFL in passer rating. Foles has the most TD passes by

far for anyone who threw two or fewer picks in a season. Boomer

Esiason had 13 TDs and two picks in seven games in 1997 for the

Bengals.

”That’s the one thing that he’s been great with his

decision-making,” Kelly said. ”He’s been outstanding. He doesn’t

put the ball in harm’s way.”

BEARS ATROCIOUS VS. RUN: A run defense that already was ranked

last in the NFL allowed 289 yards on the ground, including two

100-yard rushers. After McCoy finished padding his league-leading

totals, Bryce Brown chipped in with 115 yards, including a 65-yard

TD. Chris Polk added a 10-yard TD run.

”We had to get it done, me and the guys up front,” McCoy said.

”Watching them on tape, we knew we could run the ball on

them.”

UNSTOPPABLE OFFENSE: Foles, McCoy and Co. look unstoppable. Even

in a loss at Minnesota last week, the Eagles scored 30 points.

They’ve averaged 34.6 points during a 6-1 stretch. They’ve totaled

more than 450 yards three straight games and surpassed 425 yards 10

times.

”We had the mind-set to dominate,” McCoy said.

BEARS QUIT: The Bears didn’t look like a playoff team. Even

worse, they didn’t seem to put in much effort after falling behind

by double digits. On Brown’s 65-yard TD run in the fourth quarter,

it didn’t seem like the defense tried hard to make a tackle.

”There is no excuse for what happened or what we didn’t do,”

Matt Forte said. ”Nobody played well across the board. We need to

execute better. With this game, we just want to forget about what

happened, throw it in the trash and study for Green Bay.”

NOT THE SAME EAGLES: These aren’t the same Eagles who lost 17-3

to Dallas in October. Foles was awful in that game, going 11 of 29

for 80 yards before suffering a concussion. The Eagles are 6-2

since that loss.

”I can tell you they didn’t see the best of the Eagles,” McCoy

said. ”It will be a different story.”

NOTES: Trent Cole had three of Philadelphia’s five sacks on

Cutler, who hadn’t gone down more than three times in a game this

season. … Eagles S Earl Wolff returned after missing four games

with a knee injury, but left in the second quarter.

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