NFL Game Summary - Chicago at Philadelphia|
(Monday, November 7th)
Final Score: Chicago 30, Philadelphia 24
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes,
including the game-winning score to Earl Bennett early in the fourth quarter,
to carry the Chicago Bears over the Philadelphia Eagles, 30-24.
Cutler completed 18-of-32 passes for 208 yards during the seesaw battle, while
Bennett, who had missed the previous five games with a chest injury, caught
five passes for 95 yards.
Matt Forte amassed 150 yards from scrimmage but lost two fumbles for Chicago
(5-3), which overcame the mistakes to extend its winning streak to three.
The Eagles (3-5) failed to build off a convincing win over the Cowboys. They
squandered a scoring chance in Bears territory with under two minutes left in
regulation, as Michael Vick threw high to Jeremy Maclin, who caught the 4th-
and-10 pass but couldn't gain his feet in time to reach the first-down marker.
Vick threw for a pedestrian 213 yards with an interception on 21-of-38 passes,
while LeSean McCoy rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for an
offense that was held to a season-low 330 total yards.
"I know there's things I could have done better. Against a team like that you
have to be precise...We didn't make the plays," Vick said. "We wanted to take
advantage of the opportunity to get to .500...We had a chance to win this game
and we let it slip away."
Two quick touchdowns put the hosts up 24-17 with six minutes left in the
third, but Chicago answered with the final 13 points.
Robbie Gould booted a 38-yard field goal in the final seconds of the third,
and Cutler came up with several big plays during the Bears' go-ahead drive.
First, he turned a potential sack into an eight-yard pass to Marion Barber,
then found Bennett for a 22-yard gain before completing an impromptu shovel
pass to Devin Hester that moved the ball to the opposing nine-yard line.
"As the game went on we got a little bit better," Cutler said.
After a four-yard run by Forte, Cutler lofted a fade to Bennett in the right
corner of the end zone for a 27-24 lead with 12:18 remaining.
Philadelphia moved to the ball to Chicago's 42-yard line, but an incomplete
pass on 3rd-and-6 brought out the punting unit. A fake saw Colt Anderson end
up wide open on the left side, but punter Chas Henry threw the ball three
yards short for a turnover on downs.
A 14-yard catch by Roy Williams on 3rd-and-2 and a pass interference penalty
on Nnamdi Asomugha gave Chicago a 1st-and-goal situation from the seven, but
the Eagles kept it a one-possession game by forcing a 22-yard Gould field goal
with 3:58 showing.
Dion Lewis's 32-yard kickoff return and Maclin's 13-yard catch moved the ball
into Bears territory, but McCoy was stuffed for no gain and Vick threw two
incompeltions prior to coming up one yard short on a hookup with Maclin.
Chicago killed all but nine seconds of the remaining 1:45 to hold on for the
Forte started strong, running for 45 yards on three of the first four plays
from scrimmage to spark a 12-play, 79-yard drive that Matt Spaeth capped with
a five-yard touchdown catch.
"Getting out to that earlier lead, especially on the road, gets you going in
the right direction," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said.
A Vick interception was converted into a 51-yard Gould field goal midway
through the second, and Alex Henery countered by sneaking in a 47-yard kick
near the two-minute warning.
Philadelphia's first touchdown came shortly thereafter, as Forte was stripped
immediately after making a catch and Brian Rolle picked up the loose ball and
returned it 22 yards for a score.
Chicago seized momentum prior to halftime when DeSean Jackson fumbled
returning a punt and the Bears recovered at the Eagles' nine yard-line. A
roughing the passer penalty on third down extended the ensuing drive, and
Barber plowed over the goal line from two yards out for a 17-10 lead.
The tide turned after the break, as the Eagles embarked on a game-tying 80-
yard drive. McCoy ran for a first down on 4th-and-1 from the Chicago 20, then
broke down a defender en route to an eight-yard gain on 3rd-and-6.
Ronnie Brown finished the 15-play march with a four-yard run up the middle for
his first touchdown of the season.
Forte fumbled on the third play of Chicago's next possession, with instant
replay reversing the ruling on the field that the running back was down by
McCoy followed with a sprint draw to the left side, first side-stepping a
defensive lineman then bolting through the Chicago secondary for a 33-yard
The Bears have won following their bye week for the fifth time in the last six
seasons...Forte had not fumbled in 324 consecutive touches before coughing it
up in the second quarter...Hester suffered an ankle injury in the second half
and did not return...Vick is 0-4 against Chicago as a starter...McCoy has
scored at least one touchdown in every game this year, tying the franchise
record set by Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1947...Eagles safety Nate Allen
suffered a concussion in the first quarter.
11/08 01:10:09 ET