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(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 24, Chicago 20
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Rookie LeSean McCoy rushed for 99 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter after the Eagles capitalized on a blocked field goal to pick up a much-needed 24-20 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
McCoy was filling in for an injured Brian Westbrook, who missed his fourth game of the year. Donovan McNabb completed 23-of-32 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception for Philadelphia (6-4), which snapped a two- game skid. DeSean Jackson hauled in eight passes for 107 yards and a score for the victors, who are tied with the Giants for second place in the NFC East, a game behind Dallas.
"It was a must-win situation and as a team we needed to come out with that attitude," said McNabb. "I thought all week at practice guys had that attitude. I thought our effort was where it needed to be today."
Jay Cutler connected on 24-of-43 passes for 171 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Bears (4-6), who have dropped three straight games. Kahlil Bell rushed the ball four times for 81 yards. Kellen Davis had a TD catch in defeat as Chicago was dealt a severe blow to its playoff chances.
"We're running out of time," admitted Cutler. "The window is getting smaller and smaller. Each game becomes more important as we get down the line."
The Bears had a chance to build on their 20-17 lead early in the fourth. A McCoy fumble after a 17-yard run set Chicago up at the Philadelphia 37. The Bears lost two yards on three plays and brought Robbie Gould in to attempt a 48-yard field goal. However, Antonio Dixon blocked the field goal to stay within three points with 11:01 to play.
McNabb, a native of Chicago, then orchestrated Philadelphia's game-winning 11- play, 62-yard drive. The Eagles converted a pair of third downs on the march. Faced with a 3rd-and-1 from their own 47, McNabb got a fresh set of downs with a QB sneak. On a 3rd-and-6 from the Bears 20, McNabb connected with Jackson on a 10-yard pass play.
McCoy took the handoff on the next play and made his way to the outside where he found a hole on the left side. McCoy quickly hit the gap and scampered into the end zone for a 24-20 lead with 5:31 remaining.
After each team was forced to punt, the Bears got the ball back at their own 21 with 1:51 to go and no timeouts. After converting on fourth down, Cutler spiked the ball at his own 37 with 52 ticks left. Sean Jones then intercepted Cutler to seal the win for Philadelphia.
The Eagles marched right down the field on the opening possession of the game. On a 3rd-and-1, Michael Vick came into the game and rushed for 34 yards to the Chicago 32. However, Philadelphia's offense sputtered from there and David Akers drilled a 25-yard field goal for a 3-0 edge with 10:54 left.
After forcing the Bears to punt, the Eagles put together an eight-play, 76- yard scoring drive. Brent Celek's 21-yard reception highlighted the march that Jason Avant capped off with a 13-yard TD catch for a 10-0 lead with 2:48 to go. The Eagles used a no-huddle offense for a majority of the first quarter.
"We knew how important it was to start fast against this crew," said Eagles coach Andy Reid. "We wanted to try and do that the best we could. We thought utilizing the no-huddle would allow us to get into a rhythm and catch them off-guard."
Chicago bridged the first and second periods with an eight-play, 30-yard drive. Gould's 45-yard field goal made it 10-3 with 14:45 left until half.
Gould drilled a pair of 28-yard field goals later in the second to cut the Bears' deficit to 10-9 at the half. The Eagles turned the ball over twice in the second quarter.
Chicago took advantage of a short field in the early stages of the third to take the lead. A 16-yard punt from Sav Rocca combined with an ineligible man downfield penalty set up Chicago at its own 49.
A 23-yard pass to Earl Bennett on first down put the Bears at the Eagles 28. Chicago went three-and-out from there and was forced to settle for a 49-yard Gould field goal to go ahead 12-10 with 10:26 left.
Following a series of punts, the quick-strike Eagles needed just two plays to take the lead back. After Jeremy Maclin caught a 16-yard pass, McNabb faked a handoff before hitting Jackson from 48 yards out for a 17-12 margin with 5:53 to go in the third.
Chicago fought right back with a TD to take the lead again. On the sixth play of a 55-yard drive, Cutler lofted a perfect pass to Davis in the right corner of the end zone from 15 yards out. Matt Forte caught the two-point conversion in the end zone to make it 20-17 with 2:52 remaining.
McCoy had 20 carries...Westbrook did not play due to a concussion that he suffered against the Chargers last Sunday. He has missed three games this season because of a concussion that is expected to keep him out for some time...Maclin caught six passes for 64 yards...Forte rushed for 34 yards on 14 carries and hauled in four passes for 20 yards...Bears tight end Greg Olsen caught six passes for 42 yards. Bennett hauled in five passes for 57 yards...Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel left the game due to a stinger...Bell was playing in his first-career game...The Bears hold a 26-9-1 lead in the all-time series with Philadelphia, which dates back to 1933.
11/23 01:13:25 ET
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