The division was wrapped up in a pretty little bow for the Chicago Bears thanks to the Detroit Lions (7-8) choking for the second straight week and the Green Bay Packers (7-7-1) faltering late, but the Bears could not capitalize Sunday night.
With what was on the line, you would think the Bears would come out and play with a sense of urgency. Seeing as they did not score their first touchdown until the last play of the third quarter, saying they struggled would be an understatement.
McCoy and Co. overwhelm Chicago Bears
The headline says it all. The Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) took advantage of the Bears every chance they had the ball. Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles threw the ball around very efficiently, posting a 141.4 passer rating on 21-of-25 passing with two touchdowns. His completion percentage of 84.0 set an Eagles franchise record. He played so well that he wrapped up the game and was replaced by Michael Vick midway through the fourth quarter.
Running back LeSean McCoy stole a page from Marshawn Lynch’s book and went “Beast Mode”, rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns on only 18 carries.
While they could not contain Shady McCoy, cornerback Tim Jennings did a nice job of containing DeSean Jackson, limiting him to 29 yards on four targets. Unfortunately, Jackson’s lack of targets did nothing to help the Bears. The Eagles attacked from all phases — the ground, the air, even on defense. The Bears’ special teams did not help matters, either, as Devin Hester fumbled at their own 39-yard line that led to a McCoy 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0 after Foles connected with tight end Zach Ertz for 27 yards. The game quickly got out of hand, as the Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Lance Briggs, who had missed the last seven games with a shoulder injury, did not help the defense as much as anticipated as the Eagles racked up 514 total yards.
Three-and-outs were the Bears’ kryptonite, and the Eagles made sure to remind them of that every time they punted away as the Eagles scored on almost every possession. They ended the first half with a 24-3 lead. Although there were a lot of them, one of the lowest points of the game for the Bears was when running back Matt Forte, who was ineffective with 29 yards on only nine carries, was tackled in the end zone for a safety by Eagles’ defensive end Cedric Thornton to extend their lead to 26-3.
The offensive weapons for the Bears were highly ineffective, as the leading receiver for the Bears was Martellus Bennett with 85 yards on five targets and nothing to show for it. Cutler was 20-of-35 for 222 yards with a touchdown along with an interception, and was sacked five times. He was replaced by Josh McCown in the fourth quarter.
Eagles’ cornerback Brandon Boykin returned the Cutler interception 54 yards, and running backs Chris Polk and Bryce Brown bookended the interception with rushing touchdowns of their own to put the last of the icing on the cake for a final score of 54-11.
The Bears have no choice but to throw this game tape in the trash and wipe it from their minds with the Packers coming to town next Sunday with the division on the line.
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