Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles 12/22/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Philadelphia Eagles 54, Chicago Bears 11
December 22, 2013
We NFL fans were treated to a great matchup in the year’s final installment of “Sunday Night Football.” The Week 16 battle featured the Chicago Bears heading to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, and the playoff ramifications here will be felt all across the NFC. Both teams were fighting to stay atop their respective divisions, but even after last night, both still have some work to do. Coming in, most people thought the game would be close, but there was no parity here whatsoever.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from the game so we can determine why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look forward to Week 17 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Bears could have sealed an NFC North victory with a win here, and the Eagles would still have to win next week regardless, so Chicago had everything to play for. They fell flat on their faces from early on, however, and never really were in the game.
The Eagles started quickly, taking advantage of the Bears’ sputtering offense and a special teams turnover in the first quarter to rack up a trio of touchdowns: Nick Foles posted TD passes to Riley Cooper and Brent Celek, sandwiched around a 1-yard LeSean McCoy run. It was 21-0 after just one quarter.
The defenses came out in the second, with each team notching a field goal for the only scoring. They’d head into the locker room with a 24-3 Eagles edge.
In the third, Philly kept their collective foot on the gas pedal. A safety and another McCoy touchdown would give them a 30-point edge before Chicago would finally respond on a 6-yard TD pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall to make it 33-11.
The Eagles scored three more times to complete the destruction, as the Bears couldn’t even stop their backups. When the dust settled, it was a convincing 54-11 victory for Philadelphia.
The win brings Philly to 9-6 and sets up a winner-take-all matchup against the Cowboys next week. Likewise, the 8-7 Bears will have a shot at their own division in a home game against the Packers on Sunday.
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The Stars: Can we put the entire Eagles team in here? They seemingly could do no wrong, especially on the ground. McCoy finished with 133 yards and two scores on 18 carries, then added 29 more on six catches. Backup Bryce Brown managed 115 yards and a score himself, all working toward a 289-yard rush day for Philly.
Nick Foles was great once again, with an immaculate 21-of-25 line for 230 and two scores.
The Goats: The Bears defense, once a source of strength for them, has been a sieve this season. They gave up 514 total yards and 28 first downs.
Offensively, Chicago wasn’t much better. Their unit couldn’t keep up with Philly and could only collect 61 yards rushing and 196 (after losing 46 yards on five sacks) through the air. Get ready for the Cutler-McCown debate to pick back up again this week.
Injuries: Each team lost a safety here. The Bears’ Chris Conte came out in the first quarter with a concussion, and the Eagles’ Earl Wolff exited in the second with a knee injury.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 17, the Bears have a big divisional battle ahead for the NFC North title. The Green Bay Packers will be paying a visit to Soldier Field (Sunday, December 29, 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
Meanwhile, the Eagles will have a winner-take-all divisional battle of their own, as they’ll head to Dallas to face the Cowboys (Sunday, December 29, 1:00 PM on FOX).
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