8:30 PM ET, December 22, 2013
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
PHILADELPHIA -- Knowing they have everything to play for next week, the Philadelphia Eagles never let up against a team with plenty on the line.
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Instead of resting his starters for a winner-take-all game at Dallas next Sunday night, Chip Kelly didn't pull them until they finished whipping the Bears.
"We're from Philadelphia and we fight," Kelly said. "If there's a game on, we're playing."
Chicago's loss sets up two win-or-go-home games for NFC division crowns next week.
The Bears (8-7) came in needing a win to clinch the NFC North and secure the No. 3 seed while Philadelphia was just trying to stay healthy. But the Eagles (9-6) played like the team trying to lock up a playoff berth.
Now, the Bears must tie or beat the Packers (7-7-1) at home next week to win the North.
"We knew what was at stake and the opportunity we had and we didn't get it done," Bears coach Marc Trestman said.
The Eagles (9-6) have to tie or beat the Cowboys (8-7) at Dallas next Sunday night to win the NFC East and complete a worst-to-first season under their rookie coach. Once Dallas rallied to beat Washington earlier in the day, the Eagles knew they were only playing for a No. 3 seed, that is, if they win the division.
Still, Kelly played all his guys.
"This is our job. They pay us to play ball," McCoy said. "The fans pay their hard-earned money to watch. As a player, we never think a game is meaningless."
Foles was 21 of 25 for 230 yards, and set a franchise record with a completion percentage of 84.0. In only nine starts, Foles has 25 TD passes and two interceptions. He was replaced by Michael Vick midway through the fourth quarter.
By that time, fans were chanting: "We want Dallas!"
"The playoffs start one week early," Kelly said. "That's how we approach it."
McCoy, trying to become the first Eagles player to lead the NFL in rushing since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949, ran for 133 yards and leads Kansas City's Jamaal Charles by 189 going into the last game.
Bryce Brown had 115 yards rushing, including a 65-yard TD run.
This Is 40
The Bears allowed at least 40 points for a league-high fourth time this season. The Bears had allowed four total 40-point games in the previous nine seasons combined.
|40-point Games in '13|
The Eagles dominated from the start.
Trent Cole sacked Jay Cutler to force a three-and-out on Chicago's first possession, and the Eagles went right down the field and scored when Foles hit Riley Cooper going across the back of the end zone on a 5-yard pass.
Bradley Fletcher then forced Devin Hester to fumble after a 36-yard kickoff return and Cary Williams recovered at the Bears 39. Foles connected with Zach Ertz for 27 yards and McCoy ran in from the 1 to make it 14-0.
Foles tossed a 10-yard TD pass to Brent Celek to make it 21-0 in the first.
"It was fun to play," Foles said. "That's what I cherish. I don't care about records."
Chicago's only TD came when Cutler threw a 6-yard pass to Brandon Marshall on the final play of the third quarter.
"I thought we had a good game plan," Cutler said. "We had good practices this week. Obviously we didn't play like it."
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Bears seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs returned to the lineup after missing seven games because of a fractured shoulder. He wasn't much help.
The Eagles racked up 514 yards.
The Bears had a chance to secure a division title because Green Bay lost to Pittsburgh and the New York Giants eliminated Detroit from playoff contention.
The Eagles had their 12th game of at least 400 yards of total offense. ... Cole had three of Philadelphia's five sacks on Cutler, who hadn't gone down more than three times in a game previously this season. ... Eagles S Earl Wolff returned after missing four games with a knee injury, but left in the second quarter. ... Bears FS Chris Conte left in the first quarter after sustaining a concussion. ... The Cowboys beat the Eagles 17-3 in October.
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Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.1||8.2|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-2||5-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||09:54||Riley Cooper 5 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick)||0||7|
|TD||07:44||LeSean McCoy 1 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick)||0||14|
|TD||01:27||Brent Celek 10 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick)||0||21|
|FG||01:07||Alex Henery 49 Yd||0||24|
|FG||00:00||Robbie Gould 50 Yd||3||24|
|SF||09:52||Matt Forte Tackled By Cedric Thornton In End Zone||3||26|
|TD||07:11||LeSean McCoy 1 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick)||3||33|
|TD||00:00||Brandon Marshall 6 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Jay Cutler Pass To Earl Bennett For Two-Point Conversion)||11||33|
|TD||11:19||Chris Polk 10 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick)||11||40|
|TD||08:00||Brandon Boykin 54 Yd Interception Return (Alex Henery Kick)||11||47|
|TD||06:14||Bryce Brown 65 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick)||11||54|
Nick Foles threw only four incompletions Sunday against the Bears, three of which were intentionally thrown away and one dropped. Foles is the first quarterback since the start of 2008 to attempt at least 20 passes and not have one thrown off-target for an incompletion or defended.[+]
Result of Nick Foles' Passes Sunday
Nick Foles' 96.4 Total QBR was his highest in any of his 8 career home starts (34.2 home Total QBR in previous 7 home starts). But Foles' has been much stronger on the road where he will play in Dallas next week. Foles' Total QBR is 37.7 points higher on the road over the last 2 seasons, the best home-to-road differential among qualified quarterbacks since 2012.[+]
The Eagles rushed by design 33 times Sunday (not including scrambles or kneel downs), gaining 281 yards. The Eagles gained 207 of those yards before first contact, an average of 6.3 yards per rush. Only the Rams in Week 12 had higher totals before contact this season.[+]
Most Yards On Designed Rushes This Season
LeSean McCoy: 162 yds from scrim, 2 Rush TD; 3rd player in Eagles history with 2,000 yards from scrimmage in single season (Brian Westbrook, Wilbert Montgomery)[+]
Devin Hester's fumble was his 1st fumble since Week 7 in 2009. It was his 3rd career fumble on a kickoff return.
* Bears: 4th 40-point game allowed this season (most in NFL) ... had allowed 4 total in previous 9 seasons combined ... 54 Pts allowed 1 point shy of franchise record (1997 at Lions)[+]
Most 40-Pt Games Allowed - This Season
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