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                        === McCoy, Eagles rout Bears ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Chicago  Bears had  a chance  to
 clinch their division, but it all went downhill quickly in Philadelphia.
 
 The  Eagles stormed  out of the gate and  never looked back in a 54-11 rout on
 Sunday night.
 
 Nick  Foles  threw two  touchdown passes  during Philadelphia's 21-point first
 quarter  and LeSean McCoy  rushed for a pair of one-yard scores for the Eagles
 (9-6),  who knew  before the  game that  the Dallas  Cowboys won  to set  up a
 winner-take-all showdown next week for the NFC East title.
 
 Philadelphia  will  once again be  showcased on  primetime, as the contest has
 been flexed to Sunday Night Football.
 
 "I'm excited to go to Dallas and play another game," said Foles, who completed
 21-of-25 passes for 230 yards. "It's a huge game. Everyone knows what's on the
 line."
 
 The Eagles gashed the league's worst run defense.
 
 Not  only  did McCoy  rack up  133 yards on  18 carries,  but Bryce Brown also
 surpassed  the  century mark on  the ground, with 65  of his 115 yards rushing
 coming  on  a fourth-quarter touchdown  that put  the finishing touches on the
 lopsided win.
 
 The  Bears (8-7) could  have secured the NFC North crown with a win after both
 Green  Bay and Detroit  lost. They will now host the Packers next week for the
 division title.
 
 Marc  Trestman succinctly  summed up his team's performance. "We were terrible
 in all three phases," the Bears coach said.
 
 Jay Cutler connected on 20-of-35 passes for 222 yards with a touchdown and one
 interception  that Brandon  Boykin returned for a 54-yard touchdown with eight
 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, extending the lead to 47-11.
 
 Josh McCown replaced Cutler following the pick-six.
 
 The  Eagles  scored touchdowns on each  of their first three possessions. They
 capitalized  on a  short punt and took  an early lead when Foles, on the move,
 hit Riley Cooper in the back of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown.
 
 After  Devin Hester fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, McCoy finished off a five-
 play drive with a short TD run.
 
 Once  again, the  Bears couldn't get any traction on offense, going three-and-
 out a second time.
 
 On  the next Philadelphia drive, McCoy bounced to the outside and picked up 10
 yards on 4th-and-1 from the Chicago 37. Four plays later, Brent Celek caught a
 10-yard TD pass.
 
 The  Eagles  mustered only a  Alex Henery field goal  in a second quarter that
 ended with Robbie Gould drilling a 50-yarder for a 24-3 halftime margin.
 
 McCoy appeared to fumble on the opening drive of the second half, but the call
 was  overturned.  The Eagles eventually  punted and  pinned Chicago at its own
 2-yard line.
 
 Matt  Forte  took a handoff in  the end zone on  first down and was tripped by
 Cedric  Thornton,  resulting in  a safety.  At first, Forte  was ruled to have
 gotten  out of the end zone. Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly challenged the play
 and it was reversed.
 
 McCoy  capped  the subsequent Eagles drive  by spinning out of Julius Peppers'
 tackle attempt near the goal line to make it 33-3.
 
 The  Bears finally reached the end zone when Cutler found Brandon Marshall for
 a six-yard TD pass to close out the third quarter. Cutler hit Earl Bennett for
 the two-point conversion.
 
 Chris Polk added a 10-yard TD run for the Eagles.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Eagles  have won four straight  at home after snapping a franchise-record
 10-game  losing streak at Lincoln Financial Field ... With 1,476 yards rushing
 in  2013, McCoy  is 37 yards rushing shy of tying Wilbert Montgomery's single-
 season  franchise  record (1,513 in  1979) ... Philadelphia outgained Chicago,
 514-257 ... The Eagles became just the fourth team in NFL history to record 12
 games  of  400-plus yards  of offense  in a single  season ... Cutler (14,687)
 broke the Bears career passing yards record. He passed Sid Luckman by a single
 yard  for  the most  in club history  ... Forte  was held to  29 yards on nine
 carries.  He ran  for more than 100  yards in each of the previous three games
 ... Trent Cole sacked Cutler three times.
 
 
 
 12/23 01:53:37 ET

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