After back to back lackluster performances, the Eagles would look to get back on track against the Bears, a team who was up and down throughout the season. At this point of the season, there were many questions about this team. The Eagles were beating up on bad teams and struggling against solid teams. If they wanted to make a run towards the playoffs, they would have to to beat the Bears and play better football then they had the last two weeks.
To start off the game, the team continued their red zone problems and settled for a short field goal to hop out in front to a 3-0 lead. After a very slow first quarter, the Eagles were finally able to end their red zone drought when Donovan McNabb hooked up with Jason Avant for a 13 yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 10-0. The game didn’t get much more exciting in the second quarter as the Eagles failed to score and the Bears tacked on three field goals.
Robbie Gould picked up where he left off in the first half by hitting another field goal and giving the Bears their first lead off the game. However, the Eagles were able to strike back with another big play by DeSean Jackson. Just passed the midpoint of the third quarter, McNabb hit Jackson for a 48 yard touchdown to put the Eagles back on top. However, the lead did not last long. Jay Cutler hit Kellen Davis for a 15 yard touchdown and then tacked on a two-point conversion to put the Bears up 20-17.
The Eagles were able to put together a nice drive in the fourth quarter that was topped off with a 10 yard LeSean McCoy touchdown to go up 24-20 with under six minutes left. This would be the final score and the Eagles would get back to their winning ways.
McCoy finished with 99 yards on the ground and we saw Michael Vick have a nice rush for 34 yards, finally contributing something positive to the offense. The defense played well as the Bears went 3-16 on third down conversions and held Jay Cutler to only 171 yards through the air. Matt Forte was only able to rush for 34 yards on 14 carries.
Yet again, we saw the Eagles beat a mediocre football team and kept questioning how they’d be able to do against a legitimate contender.
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