Eagles lead Bears 33-11 after 3 quarters
Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two
scores and the Philadelphia Eagles led the Chicago Bears 33-11
after three quarters Sunday night in a matchup of first-place
If the rout holds, it sets up two winner-take-all games for NFC
division crowns next week.
The Bears (8-6) came in needing a win to clinch the NFC North
and secure the No. 3 seed while Philadelphia had little on the
line. The Eagles (8-6) have to beat the Cowboys (8-7) in Dallas
next Sunday night to win the NFC East so they were only playing for
a No. 3 seed if they win the division.
But it seemed the Eagles were already in playoff mode as they
tried to complete a worst-to-first season under rookie coach Chip
Barring a comeback, the Bears must tie or beat the Packers
(7-7-1) at home next week to win the North.
The Eagles dominated from the start.
Trent Cole sacked Jay Cutler to force a three-and-out on
Chicago’s first possession, and the Eagles went right down the
field and scored when Foles hit Riley Cooper going across the back
of the end zone on a 5-yard pass.
Bradley Fletcher then forced Devin Hester to fumble after a
36-yard kickoff return and Cary Williams recovered at the Bears 39.
Foles connected with Zach Ertz for 27 yards and McCoy ran in from
the 1 to make it 14-0.
The Bears went three-and-out again and Foles drove the Eagles 72
yards, tossing a 10-yard TD pass to Brent Celek on third down.
Cedric Thornton tackled Matt Forte in the end zone for a safety
and a 26-3 lead in the third quarter. McCoy then ran in from the 1
to make it 33-3.
Cutler tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall on the final
play of the third quarter and he hit Earl Bennett on the 2-point
Alex Henery kicked a 49-yard field goal for the Eagles in the
second quarter and Chicago’s Robbie Gould kicked a 50-yarder at the
end of the first half.
Cole had three of Philadelphia’s five sacks on Cutler, who
hadn’t gone down more than three times in a game previously this
Bears seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs returned to
the lineup after missing seven games because of a fractured
shoulder. He wasn’t much help.
The Bears had a chance to secure a division title because Green
Bay lost to Pittsburgh and the New York Giants eliminated Detroit
from playoff contention.
The game became less important for Philadelphia when Dallas
rallied to beat Washington. If the Eagles beat the Bears, however,
a tie against the Cowboys also would secure a division crown.
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